When was the last time you really belly laughed?

Health Benefits of Laughter

Laughter therapy being incorporated into medicine is a clear indication that it has real health benefits, which can be divided into physiological, psychological and emotional benefits.

Physiological Benefits

  • Pain relief
  • Boosts immunity through an increase in antibodies (such as immunoglobulin A) that has a protective ability against some viruses and bacteria
  • Causes immediate increase of heart rate, respiratory depth and oxygen consumption
    • This leads to a subsequent period of muscle relaxation and a corresponding lowering of the heart rate and blood pressure
  • Relaxation
  • Contributes to restful sleep

Psychological Benefits

  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Eases tension and anxiety
  • Promotes brain connectivity
  • Improves memory and alertness
  • Improves brain function
  • Encourages creativity

Emotional Benefits

  • Boosts self-esteem
  • Releases feel-good hormones
  • Encourages good rapport and connection with others
  • Develops resilience

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