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How a Good Laugh Might Boost Your Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Everyone loves a good belly busting laugh session. We love funny movies and good jokes and silly situations. It makes us feel good and happy when we're able to laugh heartily at the things around us. It’s pretty safe to say that as humans, laughing is a part of who we are. But what you may not have known is that laughing is actually incredibly good for you. Literally. For even more reasons to laugh throughout the day, check out these ways in which getting in a good laugh can boost your overall health and wellness.

It Boosts Moods

This one is a no-brainer, right? Laughing is an excellent way to boost your moods and keep you feeling light and happy. It’s simply hard to feel sad or down about anything when you’re laughing. Those who laugh aloud every day are less likely to suffer from serious depression or crippling anxiety. It’s not a cure, but it definitely helps to lift your spirits and make you feel better about both yourself and life. The next time you’re feeling low, watch a funny movie or get together with your funniest friend to help yourself feel better.

It Increases Lung Function

Laughing, though we think of it as a voice function, is actually created deep within our bodies. Our chest, lungs, and diaphragm get a good workout when we laugh, as they take in and exhale the air quickly and forcefully when a laugh occurs. That’s why people who can’t speak may still be able to laugh aloud. It’s also why you might feel out of breath after you laugh. Every time you laugh, you can know that you’re expanding and improving your lungs and chest for a solid, if unexpected, workout.

It Works Your Abs

It’s not like a seriously significant workout, but laughing really tightens your ab muscles and keeps them taut. The next time you start laughing hard, place your hand on your midsection and feel the constriction. That’s why your stomach sometimes hurts after you’ve been laughing. So just know that the next time you feel a giggle coming on, you’re about to work your abs in the most fun way possible.

Laughing is such a great thing to do. It not only lifts you emotionally, but it can be good for your mental well-being and your physical health as well. Surround yourself with giggle worthy people and things, and you’ll likely see an improvement in your life in multiple ways.

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