They (doctors? Your mom? Your grandmother? I don’t really know) say that laughter is the best medicine. Whether you’ve put much thought into it or not, it really is pretty good medicine. When was the last time you spent time with your hilarious loved ones and didn’t leave feeling better than when you arrived? While you may not really put much thought into why this rule is so true, there are three really good reasons why laughter is the best medicine and you should incorporate more of it into your life.
It Lowers Stress Levels
Laughter can help you feel less stressed. Being less stressed makes you feel better, boosts your immune system and makes you happier. The way this works is that laughter releases a chemical into your brain that helps override the negative chemicals and hormones that cause stress. Each time you laugh, it’s like your body is laughing at the stress hormones and kicking them right out of your happy party.
It Causes Laugh Lines
So you probably don’t want laugh lines on your face, but think of it this way: Would you rather have laugh lines or wrinkles? Laugh lines make you look like you enjoy life. Everyone who meets you and sees those laugh lines will think, “Boy, she must be a lot of fun!” Not laughing means you might be frowning and frowning can cause wrinkles. People will look at your wrinkles and think, “Boy, she’s old.” Which do you prefer?
Really, nothing is better than laughing. Especially when it’s that crazy, no holds barred kind of laughing that only happens when you are with people you love and adore the most. Go ahead and skip the dishes or the laundry and invite some friends over for a good laugh. You’ll be glad you did.