Have you found yourself feeling run down, recovering from an illness or like me have an autoimmune disease?
I think (hope!) what I’m going to share with you about LAUGHTER could help improve your immune system.
Our immune systems are pretty complex… so what’s the relevance of a giggle?
Laughter has a clever way of telling our cells to produce more antibodies, which help to fight off nasty infections!
Scientists call this ‘mind-body medicine’.
When you laugh, the diaphragm becomes a powerful pump for your lymphatic circulation…
…much like your heart serves as the central pump that propels blood through your vessels.
This pumping action helps your lymphatic vessels carry fluid through, and allows the lymph nodes to remove all sorts of waste products.
Quite simply, when you increase your lymphatic flow your immune system improves…
…and helps the body heal itself quicker by producing more antibodies.
Studies have shown that repetitious laughter also enhances your mood, decreases stress hormones and lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure!
Have you ever stubbed your toe, but instead of crying… started laughing?
Well, it turns out laughter can actually help to mask pain!
It’s all to do with ENDORPHINS, which are the body’s natural painkiller and ‘feel-good’ chemicals.
When we laugh our body produces more of these and VOILA – you feel better both mentally AND physically!
When you’re feeling run down, consciously make an effort to make yourself laugh.
It may feel counter-intuitive but it could be just what the doctor ordered!
Just like yawning, a smile is infectious and connects us with others.
And even if you smile without meaning it, the benefits are the same!
This is because our brains can’t distinguish between real and fake smiling.
So…just fake it ‘til you make it!
(By the way, if you want to see a clever trick I do to smile more when I have a stressful day at work, check out this blog!)
If you come home after a bad day, putting a comedy on Netflix or TV can really help to counteract a low mood…
…and get you ready for a good night’s sleep!
Animals are known for their calming effects on humans and can get up to some really funny stuff!
Spending time with my fluffy bundles of joy (my cats!) is my favourite way to unwind – they ALWAYS put a huge smile on my face!
And if you don’t have a pet yourself, why not take a trip to a friend who has one?
If you’re ever stuck for something to do in the evening, local comedy nights can be GREAT fun.
Being united with others through laughter can create a really warm feeling inside of you.
For me, there’s no better feeling than making someone laugh.
Sure, you might not be a comedian, but your hilarious tale might help to brighten up someone else’s day without you even realising!
YouTube and social media are brimming with entertaining content bound to make you giggle out loud.
(As an animal lover, some of my favourite clips are cats doing crazy things!)
Scrolling through funny pages and videos can really brighten up your day…
…and why not share some of these things to spread joy to others?
Let’s face it, when was the last time you laughed on the way to work?
All that could just be about to change when you discover listening to funny podcasts on your journey to and from work (or the school run!).
Some of my favourite places to find these are Spotify, iTunes and TuneIn!
Whichever way works for you I hope you find time to laugh today because just like the saying goes, “laughter really is the BEST medicine”!
So next time you’re doubled over laughing or simply passing on a smile, remember that it’s doing so much more for you than you think!
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