April 2, 2021
👉🏽A PHENOMENON THAT WE ALL EXPERIENCE:
Ever wondered what sort of impact laughing can have on our health and wellbeing? It seems quite obvious, however, there are some pretty impressive physiological changes that occur as a result of a good LOL.
✅REDUCES CORTISOL LEVELS:
When stressed out, the body constricts blood vessels, elevates the production of potentially damaging stress hormones (cortisol), and raises blood pressure (Jones et al., 2016). Humor stimulates multiple physiological systems that decrease levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol and epinephrine, and increase the activation of the mesolimbic dopaminergic reward system (Savage et al., 2017).
Social laughter increases positive mood and calmness, in accordance with the anxiolytic effects of exogenous opioid agonists. It also enhances oxytocin excretion (Colasanti et al., 2011).
💤IMPROVES SLEEP QUALITY:
Laughter therapy is considered to be useful, cost-effective and easily-accessible intervention that has positive effects on depression, insomnia, and sleep quality in humans (Ko et al., 2011).
No laughing matter, really. It seems prudent for everyone seeking out optimal health to integrate some sort of laughter at least on a daily basis.