How Laughter Can Help You View a Better You
The average person laughs about 20 times a day, and the more chuckles and guffaws you can emit in a day, the better for your health and self-esteem. Laughing reduces physical and emotional stress, allowing your muscles to relax and your brain to release healthy dopamine (responsible for triggering happiness and that 'ahh' feeling of relaxation), and best of all, it's entirely free. You may know that laughter certainly feels good, but did you know it can make you actually see a better you simply by letting loose with a giggle now and then? Learn how laughter can soothe your soul and finally let you feel great about yourself inside and out.
Laughter helps put things in perspective
There may be things about your body that you don't like, and the more you fixate on them, the more incomplete and horrible you feel. Laughter helps you put your entire being into perspective so you can not only can you giggle about your so-called offset ears, crooked smile, or lackluster hair color, you can actually learn to put your entire physical appearance into balance and love yourself just as you are. The reason for this is simple: laughter releases feel-good endorphins that allow you to let go of your own harsh criticism and become vulnerable to true body (and mind) acceptance.
Laughter brings out helpful hormones
Believe it or not, laughter is responsible for more than 10 amazing hormones designed to improve your body and mind in health and acceptance. One of the most popular is oxytocin, triggered by dopamine. This hormone is responsible for attachment, sexual desire, and those warm fuzzy feelings you get around people you are attracted to. Imagine if you were looking in the mirror during a huge bout of guffaws, with the release of oxytocin triggering the warm fuzzies for yourself? As you laugh, your heart rate relaxes, blood flow increases to your face, and your whole body becomes less tense, and if you were to capture a picture of yourself in a pure moment of giggling glee, you wouldn't be able to help but see an attractive, carefree individual staring back at you.
Other helpful hormones that can help you see yourself in a better light include endorphins, which are responsible for that euphoric, can't-stop-smiling effect that laughing has on you. With endorphins pumping and oxytocin being released in high amounts, any depression or reserves you have about your physical looks are dissipated and replaced with calming, encouraging thoughts about the way you look.
Laughter encourages health
When you laugh, you actually do a lot for your body in the form of a mini workout. Laughter in and of itself is an exercise that benefits both body and mind. Your diaphragm and stomach muscles retract and fill as you take in air for each guffaw, which leads to stronger muscle use and
control. Your metabolism rises due to the influx of triggered hormones, and your brain is put into happiness overdrive. As an added bonus, adding laughter to your regular workout routine can help you endure longer, since the natural endorphins and dopamine released during the activity help promote pain management for a less stressful workout. Since working out is also linked to positive self-image and esteem, combining your regimens with a healthy laugh can help you see yourself more positively.
Laughter therapy is used by many people to achieve a healthier, more manageable lifestyle. Cancer patients utilize its natural pain relief hormones and people who suffer from depression or body image issues use it to boost their self-esteem and view themselves more positively. You can enjoy laughter therapy on your own at home or you can join a class where you can be around others who are experiencing the same challenges as you are. Either way, you can soon begin to see your body in a whole new light while gaining a positive mindset about your life.