• Question: what is the importance of laughing

    Asked by Pablo to Sammy, Marta on 17 Jul 2017.
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      Marta Maia answered on 17 Jul 2017:

      Being happy!!! Happiness is very important, I am sure everyone would agree. Here are a few ways laughter helps us in life:

      Stimulates our immune system: Laughter triggers the release of a cocktail of happy chemicals that boosts the immune responses. 

Laughter diminishes the secretion of cortisol which helps fight infections.

      Makes us feel good: Laughing leads to the release of endorphins, a self-manufactured natural opiate that has been scientifically shown 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, self-confidence and feelings of self-worth.

      Reduce stress: By enhancing the free flow of emotions, laughter can help dislodge blocked emotions stored in the body. Suppressed or blocked emotions can cause ongoing physical, mental and emotional problems and stress. Their release can be life-changing. Laughter provides an excellent non-violent method for emotional release and catharsis.

      Helps relax: Laughter stimulates circulation and aids muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.