Why Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

The Link Between Laughing & Better Health

We've all heard the saying "laughter is the best medicine," but what if we told you that it's actually true? Laughter has a whole host of health benefits that make it well worth taking the time to laugh every day. Here are a few of the top reasons to remember:

Soothing Tension

Having a good laugh increases how much air you breathe, which means your body is taking in more oxygen. This helps ease tension in your lungs, heart, and other muscles. With less tension, your muscles won’t have to work as hard.

Relieving Stress

Laughter has been shown to be a great stress reliever. A study conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center showed that laughter can increase your heart rate and blood flow, which helps to relax your muscles and reduce stress levels. Whenever you laugh, your body also releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting and pain-relieving effects.

Preventing Illness

Focusing on the positive instead of the negative isn’t just a good life goal — it can help protect your health. Laughter also helps to improve your immune system response. Studies show that negative thoughts translate into chemical reactions in your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to illness. This means that you're less likely to get sick.

Improving Your Mental Health

That's not all — laughter can also improve your mental health. Studies have shown that laughter can help to reduce anxiety and depression and even increase memory and cognitive function. Laughter has also been shown to improve personal satisfaction and social relationships — so not only will you feel better but your friends and family will too!

 

Next time you're feeling down, take a break and watch a funny movie or TV show. Or better yet, spend time with friends and family and let the laughter flow. Your mind, body, and social life will thank you for it!

Safeguarding Your Mental Health

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health — and it’s important to know you’re not alone. Ridgecrest Regional Hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient mental health services in Ridgecrest. For questions about our program or further information about how to get a referral, please call Ridgecrest Regional Hospital at (760) 463-2880 today, or contact us online to get in touch.