You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine,” but did you know that laughter can have a positive effect on both your mental and physical health? World Laughter Day is on Sunday, so we’re sharing the benefits laughter has on our health.
Experts recommend everyone get 15 to 20 minutes of laughter a day to experience all of its health benefits. Laughing can strengthen your immune system, boost your mood, diminish pain, lessen stress, and even prevent heart disease!
Aside from mental health, laughter can also have an effect on your physical health. A recent study from Georgia State University found that incorporating laughter into a physical activity routine can improve aerobic endurance, confidence in the ability to exercise, and overall mental health.
The study looked at older adults who participated in a program that incorporated simulated laughter into strength, balance and flexibility workouts. The study reported that participants who laughed during the workouts showed improvements in their endurance and mental health during the exercises, and increased their positive expectations of the outcome of the exercise routine.
Laughing also adds enjoyment to exercise and can boost your motivation. You are more likely to laugh around other people, so bring your friends along on your next workout for an added benefits!
With so many advantages, laughter really does seem like the best medicine. We hope you get in some extra laughs this weekend! 🙂