The health benefits of laughter were known centuries before recent studies discovered the connection between laughter and endorphins (indoor-fins).
Somewhere around 900 BC, King Solomon assembled his collection of wise and pithy principles for life. Proverbs 17:22 is a good example: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
An article in Forbes does more than just confirm the words of Solomon, it lists six benefits of laughter:
- Laughter is a potent endorphin releaser.
- Laughter contagiously forms social bonds.
- Laughter fosters brain connectivity.
- Laughter is central to relationships.
- Laughter has an effect similar to antidepressants.
- Laughter protects your heart.
If you’ve been sick, down-in-the-dumps, needled by pain or coping with stress, laugh a little and let your brain release the endorphins that will kick-start your immune system, enhance your mood, soothe your pain, and tame your stress.
I hope the words of John McLeod will nudge you in the right direction and put a smile on your face:
Can I give you a handful of laughter
A smidgen of giggles to boot,
A cupful of tease and a comical sneeze
Followed by a hilarious hoot.