Okay okay…this may seem silly, but who knew there was a Global Belly Laugh Day? Why not? Remember my previous post regarding lifting others up and distracting from the negative world we live in? This day is sure to bring you smiles and lift your soul.

It may seem like a difficult time to laugh or spread laughter. However, there is no better time than now to do just that. Did you know that there are actual medical benefits from laughter? Check out this info retrieved from the Mayoclinic.org for both short and long-term benefits of laughter:

Short-term benefits

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects

Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:

  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

To see why Global Belly Laugh Day came to light, check out this website for the full explanation. I’d say these are pretty good reasons for a good ‘ole belly laugh for me! I’ll leave you with this quote from Maurice Chevalier – ” You don’t stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing.”

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