Let’s go back in time for a minute. Picture yourself a dozen years ago when you were a kid. You may not remember it but as a kid, you used to laugh hundreds of times a day: laughing for anything, laughing at someone, laughing to tears… Unfortunately as adults, life becomes more serious and laughter is less likely to be present. Now, if you ever want to find a natural and innate way to relax your mind, body and soul, laughing is simply the best.
Keep cool and laugh to relax your body
Laughter is a strong medicine that relaxes the whole body and leaves your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after you laugh. It helps releasing endorphins the “neurotransmitters that pass along signals from one neuron to the next”. Laughing reduces the production of stress hormones and introduces at the same time, more of these natural feel-good chemicals that give overall well-being to your body.
Keep cool and laugh until your body aches
The harder you laugh, the more your muscles are used (especially your abs). A dozen of muscles on your legs, neck, arms are only used when you laugh! Is a virtuous circle: belly laughs help your belly muscles to relax and once muscles are well rested, you feel awaken and energetic. A deep laugh increases the amount of oxygen to the muscles to help them relax which minimizes muscles tension.
Keep cool and laugh yourself slim
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity proved that laughter increases heart rate and helps burn more calories by up to 20 per cent. They concluded that 15 minutes of laughter per day could help burn up to 40 calories depending on each person’s weight and intensity of the laughter: the longer you laugh and the greater are the effects on your calorie loss.
Learn to laugh in order to be healthy
No matter how the laughter is initiated, you keep the same benefits. Your body doesn’t care if the laughter is fake or real which is a good news if you thinks about trying a laughter session. What is it? A 30 minutes in-group intentional laugh challenge leaded by laughter facilitators. The structured laughter quickly leads to genuine and contagious laughter, which leave people relaxed and energized. There are more than 10,000 laughter clubs in 72 countries – you should definitely try it once in your life!
Never forget that if you really need to relieve emotional stress and get rid of anxiety, laughter is one of the quickest (fun and free) ways!