We've all heard the expression "laughter is the best medicine," but research proves it's more than just a favorite saying. Smiling and feeling joyful with the ones you love can do more than boost your mood — it also relaxes you, revs up your immune system and helps you stay heart healthy.
If you haven't taken a minute to enjoy the moment yet today, here are five reasons to let someone make you laugh out loud.
When you laugh, your whole body releases stress and tension which has an instant relaxing effect. The best part? A good belly laugh can keep you feeling refreshed for up to 45 minutes afterwards.
You'll Get an Immunity Boost
When your stress hormones go down, your body is better at making antibodies and other cells to help your immune system. If you laugh often, you're better equipped to ward off a cold, the flu and even some more serious diseases.
It's Good for Your Heart
Want to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease (who doesn't)? Laugh more! Every time you crack a grin, your blood flow increases and your blood vessels function better. This will support your health throughout your life.
You'll Burn Calories
Sure, it won't get you out of your regular sweat sessions at the gym, but studies prove that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes daily could boost your metabolism to the tune of around 40 calories. If you add that up over a year, that could equal three or four pounds.
It Makes You Happier
It's hard to stay angry, hold a grudge or be in a bad mood after something makes you laugh. If you let yourself feel joy regularly, and indulge in a fit of giggles whenever the mood strikes, you'll be a happier person overall.
This material is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis and medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.