It’s healthy to have a laugh!


The great Charlie Chaplin famously said that “A day without laughter, is a day wasted” and at we would like to share with you a few of the wonderful benefits that a few extra giggles will bring to your lives.

Babies laugh about 300 times per day and yet the average adult only laughs about 20 times per day. We agree that there are plenty of other things that you probably don’t do as much as when you were a baby, but if you aren’t feeling like you’re getting your fair share then it’s about time you turn that around. Laughter is one of the  ways through which your body releases endorphins – these are the very same chemicals that get released following exercise – and is essentially a natural painkiller that gives your body a real buzz. We’re not talking about the polite conversational laughter that you might feel compelled to do in formal or unfamiliar situations – we are talking about the genuine uncontrollable laughter that leaves you gasping for air and fighting back the tears (good tears obviously).

Scientists at the University of Oxford have found that it can benefit your immune system by up to 40%. That’s is the kind of deal that we love – healthy, free and effective! Moreover, if you find yourself in a group, it’s a little known fact that you are more than 30 times more likely to laugh at something than if you are on your own. So next time that stand-up show is in town, or the latest Hollywood comedy is playing, get yourself down there and let your hair down. Other benefits can include:

- Lower blood pressure

- Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood

- Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles

- Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline

- Improve alertness, creativity, and memory

Better yet, laughter is one of the most effective social tools at bringing us closer together and extending our existence. It won’t surprise you to learn therefore, that those people who get out and socialise, tend to lead happier and more fulfilled lives than those who choose not to. Professor Dunbar from Oxford University says “If you don’t have friends and good relationships then you end up in a downward spiral. We pepper our conversations with one-liners. People who are good at telling jokes become very attractive social partners”. New social experiences come in all shapes and sizes, so whether it’s an afternoon frolicking down an English hillside, or even deciding to book a Spa Break with a group of your friends, it’s critical to your health and wellbeing that you get out, enjoy yourself and have a giggle.

So next time someone says something that tickles you, don’t be ashamed to knock back your head, laugh so hard that it hurts and let your body release all those health-inducing endorphins.

Stay healthy and happy,

Team YHD


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