Laughter is good for you

18. February 2020 / general
resilience

When was the last time you really roared with laughter? I hope it wasn’t so long ago that you don’t even remember it. I say that because laughter is good for us, both mentally and physically. Laughter activates the cardiovascular system, pumps more air into the lungs and brain, and reduces the sensation of pain. It also makes us feel less stressed – and when we laugh together, this has a positive impact on relationships. Read on to find out some fascinating and funny facts about laughter!

Before I had children (and when I had a lot more time…), I did some volunteering: I used to go to events and collect donations for https://ch.theodora.org/de. The Theodora Foundation funds and trains clowns who visit sick children in hospitals to cheer them up and transport them to a dream world, helping them to forget their illnesses for a moment. It is wonderful to see children laughing again when they have nothing much to laugh about because of their illness! At first, doctors were somewhat skeptical about the hospital clowns but over time, the medical staff – and above all the children – began to look forward to their weekly visits!

And why am I telling you all this in a business blog? The reason is simple: Laughter has a very positive physical and psychological impact on people – and in more ways that you might think.

 

Laughing gives the entire body a boost

So, what are the main impacts on the body?

 

 

Humor and sadness never go hand in hand

What are the psychological and mental effects of laughter?

 

 

Children laugh as many as 400 times a day

Finally, here a few laughter-related facts and figures:

 

 

I leave it up to you to imagine how you can do this – it is also a question of preferences. I have decided to follow a tip from one reader of www.zeitblueten.com and record my children’s laughter on my smartphone.

P.S: If you want to know what makes me roar with laughter repeatedly (although I have seen it countless times before), take a look at the following video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETPN9cFUo58.

 

Heinz Rühmann, German actor: “Laughter is the currency of happiness.”

Charlie Chaplin, an English comedian: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

 

© Claudia Kraaz

 

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