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10 Reasons Why People Who Love To Laugh Are Healthier And Happier

10 Reasons Why People Who Love To Laugh Are Healthier And Happier

Laughter is said to be older than language. Even animals laugh. It is one of the most natural and beneficial things you can do for your body and mind. Whether you snort, chortle, cackle, exude a huge belly laugh, or have a weird little giggle that’s ever so characteristic of you, laughter is the best medicine. It’s a preventative medicine for almost every ailment!

Science agrees and urges us all to lighten up and squeeze out more laughs every day. Researchers says that people who love to laugh are healthier and happier. Here’s a list of ten reasons why.

1. They have reduced stress.

In a recent study at the Indiana State University, researchers found that laughter can not only reduce stress, but also improve the chances to survive cancer and HIV. The simple act of chortling can soothe tension throughout the body and also lower the body’s stress hormones.

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2. They have decreased feelings of anxiety and fear.

Since feelings of anxiety and fear can be detrimental to your emotional health, people who love to laugh have a huge advantage over those who are grumpy and never laugh at all. That’s because laughter releases the feel-good hormones dopamine, serotonin and endorphins. These little guys work to improve your mood, enhance your experiences and ease feelings of fear and anxiety.

3. They have improved respiratory health.

Laughter flushes the lungs with fresh air and helps you breathe more deeply. People who love to laugh inadvertently stretch their lungs, increase their heart rate and reinvigorate their entire body when laughing. This is equal to a splash of cool, fresh, rejuvenating water for the respiratory system.

4. They have lower chances of heart disease.

A study conducted at The University of Maryland found that there is a link between laughter and cardiovascular health. Laughter causes the tissue that composes the lining of blood vessels to expand, allowing for better blood flow. In other words, people who love to laugh improve the function of their blood vessels and increase blood flow. This helps protect their heart from diseases.

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5. They have an endless supply of natural pain reliever.

People who laugh freely don’t need morphine and other pain killers quite as much. That’s because the feel-good hormones released into the system when you laugh not only help ease fear and anger, but also help to relieve pain. No wonder more and more people are turning to laughter yoga to ease their troubled minds and bodies. They want to tap into this and other benefits of laughter.

6. They have reduced aggression tendencies.

People who love to laugh tend to be significantly less violent and aggressive in society. That’s because laughter offers a healthy outlet for pent up negative emotions of anger and aggression. A simple chuckle; for example, can help defuse a conflict. Even better, laughing has a relaxing effect on the whole body that lasts for up to 45 minutes. This provides important psychological benefits for jolly people.

7. They have an enhanced immune system.

Another health benefit that people who love to laugh enjoy as a result of decreased stress hormones is improved oxygen intake and circulation. Laughter is also a healthy outlet for negative emotions. All of these things come together and boost immunological responses, ensuring laughers stay healthy. The number of T-cells in the body also increases when you laugh, giving the immune system a boost.

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8. They get a good, regular mini-workout.

According to research conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, laughter may give the same positive effect as exercise. This finding comes as no surprise considering that people who love to laugh get their shoulders moving and contract their abdominal muscles during an episode of laughter, thereby getting a welcomed mini-workout.

9. They have a radiant, youthful glow.

People who love to laugh have a radiant glow about them that not only makes them look youthful and beautiful, but also attracts others to them. That’s right, laughing can actually make you more attractive to others. According to research, men prefer women who laugh at their wit, while women tend to prefer a man who can make them laugh. A beaming smile is the most becoming accessory for your face.

10. They have stronger relationships.

People who bring laughter in their life (IE: by watching a funny movie or TV show, going to a comedy club etc.) and view life through the colorful lens of humor, strengthen bonds of love and increase intimacy. Because laughter can trigger happy feelings and foster emotional connection it also enhances relationships. Break down barriers to your happiness in all your relationships, promote group bonding and enhance teamwork by embracing laughter.

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Life’s so much better and brighter when we share laughs with one another.

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David K. William

David is a publisher and entrepreneur who tries to help professionals grow their business and careers, and gives advice for entrepreneurs.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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