It has been known for millennia that "laughter is the best medicine". Science has now advanced to the point where it is able to actually prove this. Laughter has benefits not only for the emotional and psychological mind, but also for our physical health too.
Every time the Laughter Club meets, I always tell the group of some of the Health Benefits of Laughing - particularly, Laughing for no reason.
When you laugh at a joke, or something funny happens, how long do you laugh for? Fractions of a minute? Probably only a few seconds. What we do in Laughter Club is laugh for an extended period of time, and it is during such Laughter Club meetings that Scientific research has proven the Health Benefits.
This list of Health Benefits is not exhaustive, but here are some of the biggies.
Laughing increases the intake of Oxygen to the body
When we Laugh, basically, we are exhaling all the time. This gets rid of stale residual air in the lowest part of your lungs. This increases the net supply of oxygen as you then have to breathe in more deeply. This has many benefits ranging from increased functioning of the cells to better oxygenation of the blood stream and therefore to the whole body.
Laughing increases Blood Circulation
All disease, mental or physical, restrict circulation and slow down the body system. Research has shown that Laughter causes "internal jogging". This promotes circulation to the digestive and lymphatic systems leaving us ready to operate at peak performance.
Laughing reduces stress and anxiety
Modern life seems almost designed to increase our stress and therefore also our anxiety. If you are laughing, you can no longer be stressed or anxious. Science has proved that during a Laughter Club session, blood pressure is reduced and cortisol and epinephrine (stress hormones) are lowered.
Laughter improves the immune system
Scientists have shown that after attending Laughter Clubs, participants had raised levels of immunoglobulin which help fight infection. Also killer T-cells increased which are the macrophages of our white blood cells which are part of our immune system. If you want to have less coughs and colds - come and laugh with us!
Laughter develops positive emotions
Negative emotions constrict the supply of oxygen to the body and induce shallow chest breathing. Laughing creates breathing using all of the lung capacity and also releases endorphins - the feel-good hormones.
Laughter is a real workout for your abdominal muscles
Come along and Laugh with us, and you won't need any research to prove to yourself that Laughing for an extended period really gives your abdominal muscles a workout. So come along and Laugh yourself into a better figure.
Laughter is an Aerobic Exercise
Laughter can be compared to any aerobic exercise. Dr William Fry is quoted as saying that "10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes on a rowing machine. Twenty minutes of laughter can give you similar results as those going to the gym for one hour". Well, I know which I'd prefer!
Laughter makes you look younger and more attractive
When Laughing, people's faces turn red which shows that the blood supply to the skin is increasing. This in turn nourishes the facial skin and makes it glow. Cheerful, happy people always look more attractive than grumpy, unhappy people.
There are many more proven health benefits of laughing for no reason.
By attending the Laughter Club in Bath, you will feel happier, become healthier and have some fun, all while enjoying a good laugh! How can you resist?
Join a class and find out what the benefits are for yourself!