Here are just some of the Health Benefits of Laughtercise
Laughter unwinds the negative effects of stress by reducing stress-related hormones and peptide levels. Cortisol levels can drop significantly. The Stress Arousal system can be triggered by an increase in carbon dioxide bought about through shallow and fast breathing during stressful times. Deep and diaphragmatic breathing used in Laughtercise activates the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system which helps reduce the negative effects of stress
FEEL GOOD HORMONES
Laughter releases endorphins, a self-manufactured opiate that has been scientifically proven to carry messages of attachment and bonding (the scientific terms for love) and to stimulate feelings of caring and forgiveness in addition to acting as a natural painkiller. Endorphins create a positive state of mind and boost optimism, confidence and feelings of self worth.
Laughter quickly boosts our immune system with fast increases of levels of anti-viral and anti-infection cells and cells that fight cancer. Laughter increases the levels of immunoglobulin A (lgA) that is the first line of defence protecting us from infections such as coughs and colds.
OXYGEN & AEROBIC EXERCISE:
Laughter provides an excellent cardio and mid body workout. The heart rate increase in one minute of hearty laughter can take ten minutes to achieve on exercise machines.
Laughter causes an internal ‘jogging’ that massages and promotes circulation to the digestive and lymphatic systems. It increases circulation to flush the body and organs of waste products leaving us ready to operate at peak performance. Facial flushing from improved circulation leaves the skin glowing and radiant.
For children, social play is critical to the development of social skills and emotional intelligence. Restricted play results in deficient skills which can lead to lifelong mental, emotional, physical and social problems. New research shows that playful adults continue to learn social skills and improve their emotional intelligence.
CATHARSIS OR PSYCHOLOGICAL RELEASE:
Laughter can dislodge blocked emotions stored in the body. Suppressed or blocked emotions can cause ongoing physical, mental and emotional challenges. Their release can be life changing. Laughter provides an excellent non-violent method to emotional release.
IMPROVING SOCIAL CONNECTION:
Mirror neurons in the brain cause us to experience the emotions of people we communicate with. Being with laughing people we experience their laughter which makes it easier for us to laugh. Each time we establish eye contact with people who are laughing our mirror neurons add their laughter to our own. This additive effect increases the concentration of laughter-related hormones and neuropeptides in our bloodstream and further reduces the effect of stress. The number of social interactions a person has each day is a direct indicator of his health, wellness and longevity. Laughtercise provides caring social interactions which studies show are the number one reason for happiness worldwide (after food and shelter).