“Laughter is known to be the best medicine” is a well known and probably one of the most true statements. Laughter is one of the healthiest things we can do for ouselves. It feels good to laugh. This universal behavior does so much for us many levels. When we laugh, we feel good inside. Laughing increases our endorphins, which is a chemical that produces a feel good effect. Laughing also creates a group bonding that has probably been integral in the evolution of our being. We are highly social creatures.
The study of laughter, is actually quite interesting. Socially laughing is contagious and makes people in a group feel closer. This has been seen in all primates.
Laughter, dancing, singing are group bonding activities. All of these activities produce endorphins.
It appears all primates laugh, and has been seen in apes, even though they laugh differently than humans do. Apes pant and is known as part of the ritualization of playing using sound. Evolutionary scientists believe that the panting apes do - pant, pant- turned into the human ha,ha.
Laughter and fun is good for you. We all know this.
Laughing Changes Your Perspective
Laughing is contagious.
Source: By Emanuele Spies from São Leopoldo, CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia
Endorphins and Laughing
Having fun, being around positive attitudes, humor, and laughing are good for us. It is a bonding experience and it increases our happiness.
Physiologically, laughter triggers many physical changes that are good for us too. When we laugh a good laugh, it boosts our immune system, increases our energy level, takes away pain, and protects us from the negative effects that stress brings.
Having a sense of humor is a powerful tool. Laughing helps change our mood, and bolster our emotional well being.
Humor works faster at avoiding conflict, reducing stress, alleviating pain, and balancing our mind, body, and soul, than any other cure.
A good laugh can help you escape your