The Scenario: Have you ever spent time with a group of people you really enjoyed and when you left you said, “Why don’t I do this more often?” After a few laughs you felt a little more content with life or like you filled a void.
Does a laugh a day keep the doctor away?
According to research conducted by Psychology Professor Robert R. Provine and Laughter Therapist Steven Wilson, M.A., C.S.P. , because laughter gets oxygen to your cells and promotes energy and vitality, it’s directed related to:
1. Reduction of Pain and Stress
- Laughter releases endorphins which reduce the feeling of pain in our bodies
2. Boost in Energy and the Immune System
- Laughter causes an increase in the flow of blood and oxygen in our bodies while raising our heart rates
3. Burned calories
- 10 to 15 minutes of intense laughter can burn up to 50 calories
Research shows that people laugh 30 times more in groups than when they are on their own. Children laugh up to 200 times a day while adults laugh 15 times or less.
The Insight: Everyday we are presented with opportunities to laugh. Don’t let them pass you by. Think of it as an exercise in you and a personal benefit that reduces your stress.
When was the last time you had a gut-wrenching laugh?
Creating Positive Perspectives for Life