You’ve probably heard about the scientific evidence that shows people with pretty smiles lead happier, healthier lives. But did you know that laughter can have positive effects on your life as well? Whether you’re barely giggling or rolling on the floor laughing, here are three benefits of what a good laugh can do for your health and wellness.
1. Laughter Lowers Stress Levels
You might be stressed from work or school, and that can be bad news for your gums and teeth. Stress is a common cause of teeth grinding, which can damage your tooth enamel, make your jaw ache and cause headaches and migraines. Furthermore, it results in higher cortisol levels, increasing your risk for gum disease.
By lowering cortisol levels, laughter can help improve immune system functioning. It also activates and then releases your stress response, leaving you with a relaxed feeling and reduced tension.
2. Laughing Can Act as a Mild Workout (Really!)
Surprisingly, laughing can mimic exercise by burning calories and increasing your heart rate. In a study conducted by Vanderbilt University, participants burned 50 calories after just 10 to 15 minutes of laughter. Plus, laughter releases endorphins and stimulates multiple parts of the body, including the heart, lungs and muscles.
3. Laughter Boosts Pain Tolerance
By releasing endorphins, laughter can increase pain tolerance. Some research even suggests that patients who laugh a significant amount need less pain medication following surgery. If you’re experiencing a toothache, try watching a comedy to pass the time and ease your pain before your dental appointment.
So, the next time you giggle you just might see some healthy rewards!
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