How Laughter Helps your Health
For many years, people have said laughter is the best medicine. Humor can enhance your body's functions both emotionally and physically. Who knew that such a common reaction could have so many benefits!
Stimulate Oxygen and Blood Flow- Just through laughing alone, you take in more oxygen than average. The increase of oxygen can improve blood flow from the heart to other parts of the body, hence stimulating better circulation and organ production.
Improve Immune System- Laughs and giggles can boost your immune system functions and enhance your disease resistance. Your body releases more antibodies and neuropeptides from the brain that helps combat stress hormones and illnesses.
Relieves Pain and Tension- Distractions are best when you need to alleviate pain and muscle tension. That's why doctors may add humor to distract patients before a shot or during recovery. Having a good laugh can release muscle tension for up to 45 minutes and let you tolerate pain longer.
Boosts your Mood- Laughter not only has a positive effect on your mood but can relieve stress. It increases the endorphins in your body that can raise your level of happiness and well-being. These "feel-good" chemicals help diffuse any negative feelings that you may have felt prior, such as anger or sadness.
Help Heart Health- Your cardiac health can become stronger by having a few chuckles. Your heart rate increases, and blood pressure decreases which can overall improve vascular function. The body's blood vessels become dilated so blood can flow better, therefore reducing the build-up of fat and cholesterol in the arteries.
Exercises Lungs and Muscles- Ever ached after laughing too hard? Through the movement of your lungs expanding and contracting, your body can transmit more oxygen. Also, your muscles are able to get a workout, especially those that are not used as often, such as the diaphragm and abdominal muscles.
Here at Evergreen Senior Living in Orland Park, our community is full of laughs and smiling faces. We strive to make our residents happy and healthy. Visit our website and schedule a tour today and see why we are the best choice for your senior.
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