Tuesday, February 20, 2007

10 Benefits Of Laughter

1. Laughter is contagious. It not only makes people who laugh feel better, but also those who laugh with them.

2. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being.

3. Laughter generally increases activity within the immune system. It also decreases stress hormones that constrict blood vessels and suppress immune activity.

4. Laughter is the best medicine, perhaps against heart disease. A study found that people with heart disease were 40% less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to people of the same age without heart disease.

5. Laughter is even equivalent to a small amount of exercise. It massages all the organs of the body, according to Dr. James Walsh.

6. Laughter builds relationships. Laughter establishes—or restores—a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between two people, who literally take pleasure in the company of each other.

7. Laughter disarms tension and stress. Shy people can make use of laughter to break subtle barriers in the way they project themselves to connect to others and express thoughts, feelings and ideas they otherwise would keep to themselves.

8. Humor brings the balance we need to get through the turbulence of life comfortably.

9. A sense of humor can help you accept the inevitable, rise to any challenge, handle the unexpected with ease, and come out of any difficulty smiling.

10. Laughter adds spice to life; it is to life what salt is to a hard-boiled egg.


Phil Stolle said...

That video is just hilarious. We watched it two times. Great points about laughter.

Phil Stolle said...

Nelson, This was so hillarious I posted it on http://thoughtsparks.net with a link back to your site giving you credit. We've watched it several times. It really is that funny. Thanks again, Phil

Nelson Tan said...
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Nelson Tan said...

This baby video is said to be one of the top 5 most watched on YouTube approaching 10 million views.

Search for 'hahaha' and there are other variants, like one adult trying to imitate the baby. Now THAT makes me puke!