Health Benefits of Laughter

Health Benefits for Older Adults Special thanks to seniorhomes.com which contributed to this piece. “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” ― George Bernard Shaw Laughing is universal; no matter how old you are, what language you speak or what your physical or mental abilities are, you can laugh. Even people who have been accused of having no sense of humor have been caught chuckling over a funny story, unleashing a host of physical, emotional and mental health benefits for both themselves and the people around them. What Happens When You Laugh “A clear conscience is usually a sign of a bad memory”. – Steven Wright Laughing triggers a number of positive physiological responses: Relaxation of the entire body, relieving muscle tension and stress Levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, drop and minimize pain and inflammation throughout the body The release of endorphins, natural feel-good substances that make you feel happy and content and have been proven to reduce the perception of physical pain Reduction in blood pressure combined with a moderate increase in the heart rate and improved blood circulation and oxygen intake The stimulation of the immune system thanks to …