May 1 is attributed as ‘World Laughter Day’ this year, but in the last couple of years we have had more reasons to frown than to laugh.  So really are we going to discuss laughter today?…Yes!!!

Perhaps as you read this you may not be in a mood to laugh. Life looks dull and hopeless right now. You look at the world outside your window at you don’t feel like laughing. So how do you celebrate word laughter day? Is it even relevant anymore? Well my friend, it is vital that we have a laugh every now and then. As it turns out, it’s good for your overall health!

Here are 5 reasons why you should definitely laugh more…

Hopefully by the end of this read you will consider being cheerful today.

1.It’s literally good for your body!

Being happy does have its advantages for example laughing decreases the level of stress hormones in your body. It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones, like endorphins.

Laughter is good for your immune system too as it increases the number of antibody-producing cells we have working for us and enhances the effectiveness of T cells. All of this just from laughing! Unbelievable!

This seems like a given but a good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. So don’t tense up just laugh it off. Just be careful about the context of where you’re laughing.

2.Laughter can help burn calories

I know what you’re thinking, do laughing yoga right? Sure you could do that. Nothing wrong in it but also, where’s the fun in that? Besides I don’t know about you but laughing yoga seems to be the butt of joke these days.

That being said laughter is no replacement for going to the gym. Working out is always a good choice. But one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories—which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year. Emphasis on the ‘could.’ But let’s say you’re not willing to commit to a lifestyle of exercise, what then? Just turn on your favorite comedy show, movie or stand-up and watch your 6 pack abs show up in no time! (This was not part of the research)

3. Laughing may help you live longer

Well if you’ve been laughing your whole life by the time you’re old you’ll have six pack abs and gained top notch superhuman immunity. Congratulations, nothing can stop you now plus you’ve just been contacted by Marvel Studios and they want you star in your own superhero movie in phase 12 of the MCU.

But in all seriousness, a study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who didn’t laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer. Laugh it off guys. It’ll get better. A friend of mine once said once you’ve hit rock bottom you can’t go any lower than that. The only way out is up. So, you might as well just laugh it off while you’re there.

 Psalm 30:5,”… Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

 4. Laughter protects your heart

That’s right when you go through a rough break-up laughing can protect your heart from being ripped to shreds by your, now ex. #sorrynotsorry

If you already haven’t got the clue laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases the flow of blood in the body, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Here’s a fun fact I learnt while reading about heart disease online recently! – ‘People of South Asian descent, which includes countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives, have four times the risk of heart disease compared to the general population, and they develop the disease up to a decade earlier’ –NY Times ‘Why do South Asians Have Such a High Risk of Heart Disease?’

So what are you waiting for? Start laughing today and save your heart my friend! Not sure about a breakup though you’re on your own about that one. Sorry buddy.

Alright last one if all of the above doesn’t convince you to be joyful despite your situation I hope this one will

5.Laughter is good for your mental health too!

Well Duh! Of course, it’ll be good for my mental health if it’s that good for my physical health. You’re right. However, allow me to explain how exactly.

Laughter can obviously help with reducing stress and anxiety but on the other hand it also helps you relax and recharge. When going through a tough circumstance if you’re humorous enough about it you can begin to shift your perspective on the said situation.

James 1:2
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials”

Hey maybe now you’ll figure out a solution to your bad breakup situation! You’re welcome, bud.

Speaking of which, laughter draws other people to you. It’s an attractive trait. If you see a group of joyful happy people who are happy no matter what wouldn’t you think – How can they be happy all the time? What hope do they have? What do they see that I missed out? Or what joke did I miss out on? I want to know this inside joke too! Well, why wouldn’t you want to be a part of them? Of course, you would, all of us have that feeling. Unless the group of people you see are an actual bunch of clowns and you want to join the circus to be happy all the time. This is not for you sir/madam.

Romans 12:15
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”

Laughter helps you draw closer to others too! It’s a win-win situation.

The Bible reminds us in Ecclesiastes 3:4 “There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,”

Choose to  Laugh it off! Celebrate life and live big!

Happy World Laughter Day everyone!

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