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5 Reasons Why Laughter is Good for Your Health

By: Jiecel M. Ramirez5 Reasons Why Laughter is Good for Your Health

There is something utterly magical about laughing that makes it spellbinding: one moment you're wondering why someone is letting out a good belly laugh, and the next thing you know you're already releasing a gut-busting chuckle in return. In fact, hearing the sound of someone bursting into laughter alone can tickle your funny bone and leave you giggling – it is infectious.

The science behind the old adage "laughter is the best medicine" would entice you to crack up even more and unleash health benefits that go with a simple tee-hee!

Laughing helps you sleep better.

According to a group of Japanese researchers, laughing before bedtime causes the body to produce more melatonin, a hormone released by the brain that is responsible for a sound and natural sleep at night. Have a dose of a good laugh in the evening and see how your sleep pattern improves.

Laughing makes you look younger.

Instead of looking for anti-aging beauty products, why not start finding more reasons to laugh every day and age gracefully? Up to fifteen facial muscles contract during laughter, which is also proven to increase blood flow around the face. Skip seeking for the fountain of youth because laughing is guaranteed to make you feel and look young as ever.

Laughing burns calories.

A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that 15 minutes of laughter a day can burn 10 to 40 calories. The result depends on the weight of a person and the intensity of the laughter.

Laughing reduces the risk of having a heart attack.

High blood pressure can lead to a serious medical condition like a heart attack. Good thing each time we laugh, our body releases endorphins ? a feel-good brain chemical that can relieve pain and protect the heart by lowering blood pressure.

Laughing increases your life span.

Recent findings from the London University College revealed that living a happy and cheerful life could reduce the possibility of premature death by 35%. Who would have thought that laughing can make one live longer?

So whether it's a TV sitcom, a social media meme, or a corny dad joke you are guffawing at, don't hold back. Set those happy hormones free while making yourself disease-free. What kind of sorcery is this, you don't ask. It's science.

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