Why laughter? The ability to laugh easily and often is one of the most attractive traits in humans. Laughter lifts our spirits with a happy high that makes us feel good and improves our behavior towards others. Just a few generations ago happy healthy humans spent 20 minutes a day or more in laughter. In our society, young children still laugh hundreds of times a day, while adult daily laugh time is down to 5 minutes or less.
Laughter is nature’s stress buster—it is an incredibly efficient way to express and release tension in a positive manner. When we laugh our bodies release a cocktail of hormones & chemicals that have positive effects on our system. 20 minutes of laughter a day is an easy and fun form of aerobic exercise. It fills your lungs and body with oxygen, deep-clears your breathing passages and exercises your lungs. Stress levels are lowered, blood pressure drops, your immune system is boosted, mood is improved and pain is reduced .
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