Uncontrollable laughter has to be one of the best feelings in the world. You know that silent laughter? When your sides are actually sore and there are tears running down your face and maybe, just maybe, a little bit of pee has escaped?!!
I live for those moments and hold tightly to a mental list of my ‘Best Laughs’- times where nothing could curtail the laughter, not a roaring teacher or judging work colleagues…
As we get older we find it harder and harder to let go and just allow oursleves to induldge in having a laugh, especially if it’s at ourselves, our ego (that mental negative DJ) tells us to reign it in and go back to being all self conscious. But, as the following 10 points indicate, laughter is actually really good for you- as the saying goes…
- Laughter releases feel-good endorphins into your system, which can help to relieve pain, reduce anxiety and relieve depression
- Laughter increases blood flow and improves the function of blood vessels, which can help protect the heart.
- Laughter initially raises blood pressure, then reduces it, leaving a lower blood pressure than normal.
- Laughter speeds up metabolism which could help you lose weight.
- Laughter expels more air than normal breathing, which has a nice cleansing effect on the lungs.
- Laughter increases the number of T-cells in your body, giving your immune system a boost.
- Laughter contracts your abdominal muscles and gets your shoulders moving giving you a mini-workout.
- Laughter has a relaxing effect on the whole body for up to 45 minutes afterwards.
- Laughter can be contagious, increasing happiness and enhancing relationships.
- Laughter can reduce stress and releasing pent-up tension.
So here’s some of my personal favourite funnies to help get you started…
TV: New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Arrested Development and the old reliable Father Ted.
Movies: Anything really silly or has Will Ferrell in it (especially ‘Anchor Man’ and ‘A Night at the Roxbury’)
Books: Bridget Jones Diary (side note: I had a much enjoyed laughing fit reading this while travelling alone on a flight- the looks I was getting actually made me laugh harder!).
But then again I’ve found the funniest moments happen when you least expect it.
So the next time you feel it ‘coming on’ just give in, throw your head back, slap your leg, let the tears stream down your face and just enjoy!