Why laughter improves the mood

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Laughter can be your drug

Are you feeling bad? Then you might just need to laugh!
Before i tell you about the benefits of laughter let me briefly discuss the reasons people use drugs. Most people use drugs to kill the emotional pain they can't handle and while drugs can help people escape the pain for sometime they come with serious side effects that ruins the mood and body.

The good news is that laughter can be your risk free drug! As you will see in this article the tremendous benefits of laughter can help you overcome your emotional pain in no time and with no side effects.

This doesn't mean that you should ignore your problems but it just means that you now have a powerful pain killer than can help you keep going and that is totally harmless.

Why laughter improves the mood

So why exactly does laughter improve the mood?
Here is what happens when you laugh:

  • 1) Stress hormones are reduced: In my book, The ultimate guide to getting over depression i said that stress hormones can be very harmful if they stayed in the body for long periods of time. Laughter reduces stress hormones quickly and thus helps in reducing the feelings of stress (see also Is stress contagious)
  • 2) Your muscles control your emotions: Just like your emotions affect your body your body also does affect your emotions. I am not telling you that faking a smile can make you really happy but its a fact that the changes that happens in your muscles when you laugh sends happiness signals to your brain and makes you feel good
  • 3) Your mind thinks your problems are smaller: When you laugh at your problems your subconscious mind starts to think that the problems are much less smaller than they truly are and as a result your mood becomes better
  • 4) Triggers the release of pain killers: When you laugh endorphins, your body's natural pain killers, are produced. Endorphins have an effect that is similar to drugs. Endorphins improve the mood, reduce the pain and help a person feel better
  • 5) Improves your health: Laughter improves the immune system, lowers blood pressure , helps more oxygen reach the brain and improves the operation of your heart. In other words laughter is drug that has positive side effects

How to get a quick laugh?

Because i understand how humor and laughter can change the mood i developed a social network for positivity and humor only.

By getting exposed to a news feed that has funny videos, jokes and positive humor in addition to positive and uplifting messages you are certainly going to feel much better.

The positive messages will lift you up, the jokes will make you smile and the videos will make you laugh and what's even better is that the content is generated by active users so you don't need to search for anything. Join optimistnet and get your daily dose of laughter.

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