Laughter is a universal form of communication. We all laugh. There are numerous physical and emotional benefits of laughing. It decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Laughter increases endorphins and strengthens the immune system. A good laugh can also reduce blood pressure and blood sugar. Laughter provides relief from pain because of the release of endorphins and it’s the ability to distract us. It can elevate our pain threshold as well.
Humor offers us a way to control and reduce stress. It can be cathartic to laugh and it is something that is free and accessible to us at any moment. When we laugh with other people oxytocin is released which helps create bonds between people. If you cannot recall the last time you really laughed, this can be a sign of stress, depression, or just overall dissatisfaction with life.
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