<em><strong>By <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/?s=Magdy+Badran" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dr. Magdy Badran\u00a0<\/a><\/strong><\/em>\r\n\r\nYou're not Laughing enough. Laughter is a sign of goodwill toward others. The average four-year-old laughs 300 times a day. The average 40-years-old? Only four.\r\n\r\nLaughter is an involuntary impulse. It is a psycho-physiological reflex, a successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal cords often accompanied by a baring of teeth and facial grimaces.\r\n\r\nAlthough laughter is something that we don\u2019t ever really think about doing, it still requires a lot of our brain, lungs, and muscles.\r\n<h4><strong>Laughter may be Unique to Humans<\/strong><\/h4>\r\nHumans and apes both like a laugh and their giggles may have a common origin. It is likely that great apes use laughter sounds to interact in similar ways to humans.\r\n\r\nChimpanzees and gorillas show laughter-like vocalizations in response to physical contact such as wrestling, play chasing or tickling. This behavior is documented in wild and captive chimpanzees.\r\n\r\nChimpanzee laughter is not readily recognizable to humans as such, because it is generated by alternating inhalations and exhalations that sound more like breathing and panting.\r\n<h4><strong>Laughter Improves Communication<\/strong><\/h4>\r\nWe live in a society that tends to isolate and divide people. Laughter promotes person-to-person bonding.\r\n\r\nNothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_64761" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]<img class="wp-image-64761 size-large" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/07\/Laughter-among-Friends-Improves-Communication-1024x683.jpg" alt="Laughter among Friends Improves Communication" width="1024" height="683" \/> Laughter among Friends Improves Communication[\/caption]\r\n\r\nIt also helps you release anger and forgive sooner.\r\n\r\nLaughing together can greatly improve cooperation and empathy between people of different cultural backgrounds. It fosters better communication.\r\n\r\nVoluntary simulated laughter, in particular, is most beneficial for very socially and culturally diverse groups thanks to its universal and inclusive nature, because it means that they can all join in and develop a sense of belonging.\r\n\r\nPeople, whether male or female, laughed more readily in response to a male speaker. It is up to 30 times easier to laugh in a group than on your own.\r\n\r\nLaughter is usually an indicator of family vitality and healthy couples. Laughter is very attractive at the interpersonal level, especially for women.\r\n\r\nMen use much more humor and laughter when it comes to discussing sensitive health issues. They also prefer women who laugh at their wit.\r\n\r\nIn women, laughter would be more associated with greater social support in relationships and as a tool to cope with stress. They tend to prefer a man with a sense of humor.\r\n<h4><strong>Laughter is the Best Medicine<\/strong><\/h4>\r\nHumor-associated laughter has numerous health benefits.\r\n\r\nDespite inconclusive evidence, the idea that laughter has positive health benefits has been attributed to changes in musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, endocrine, immunological and\/or neural systems such as reduced muscle tension, increased oxygenation of the blood, exercising of the heart and endorphins production.\r\n\r\nMore specific effects of laughter include improved postprandial glucose transfer in the presence of insufficient insulin action in type 2 diabetic patients and cardioprotection.\r\n\r\nLaughter draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. It boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.\r\n\r\nLaughter reduces levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine, and dopamine; increases health-enhancing hormones (such as endorphins), neurotransmitters, and infection-fighting antibodies; and improves blood flow to the heart\u2014all resulting in greater relaxation and resistance to disease, as well as improved mood and positive outlook.\r\n\r\nLaughter therapy has also been shown to improve anxiety in patients with Parkinson's disease, reduce anxiety and depression in nursing students, and improve optimism, self-esteem, and depression in menopausal women.\r\n\r\nIn patients with schizophrenia, humor and laughter intervention reduced hostility and depression\/anxiety scores; improved activation scores and social support; lowered the levels of psychopathology; and improved social competence.\r\n<h4><strong>Laughter may Reduce your Blood Pressure.<\/strong><\/h4>\r\nHypertension is one of the most dangerous side effects of stress, as well as a huge risk factor for heart disease and stroke.\r\n\r\nIt's the quickest way to lower your blood pressure without lifting a finger. Just watch something funny.\r\n\r\nResearch shows that laughter and humor could help lower systolic blood pressure -- the top number -- by about 10 points in just 20 minutes.\r\n\r\nHow does laughter reach all the way into your insides and lower your blood pressure? It's all about stress hormones. When your funny bone is tickled, it reduces levels of stress hormones related to climbing blood pressure.\r\n<h4><strong>Laughter Yoga<\/strong><\/h4>\r\nThe success of laughter studies on blood pressure and other ills has led to a unique kind of treatment known as "laughter yoga. "Laughter Yoga is a new form of exercise akin to internal jogging that promotes the use of laughter as a form of physical exercise.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_64762" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]<img class="wp-image-64762 size-large" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/07\/Laughter-Yoga-1024x576.gif" alt="Laughter Yoga" width="1024" height="576" \/> Laughter Yoga[\/caption]\r\n\r\nIts core premise is that your body can and knows how to laugh, regardless of what your mind has to say.\r\n\r\nBecause it follows a body-mind approach to laughter, participants do not need to have a sense of humor, know jokes, or even be happy. The invitation is to \u201claugh for no reason\u201c, faking it until it becomes real.\r\n<h4><strong>Laughter is an Immune Booster<\/strong><\/h4>\r\nLaughing is an easy way to strengthen all immune functions, bring more oxygen to the body and brain, foster positive feelings and improve interpersonal skills. Laughter boosts the immune system.\r\n\r\nLaughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.\r\n\r\nT-cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T-cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness.\r\n\r\nNext time you feel a cold coming on; add chuckling to your illness prevention plan.\r\n\r\nWhen you laugh, the diaphragm becomes a powerful pump for your lymphatic circulation, much like your heart serves as the central pump that propels blood through your blood vessels.\r\n\r\nThis assists the lymphatic vessels in carrying this fluid through your body and helps your lymph nodes to clean and filter this fluid, removing waste products, dead cells, and even unwanted microorganisms.\r\n\r\nMaintaining clean body fluids is important because these are necessary for you to be at your best.\r\n\r\nIncreased lymphatic flow = an elevated, improved immune system just by the simple nature of more lymph flowing through the nodes, thus producing more lymphocytes and antibodies.\r\n<h4><strong>Laughter Triggers the Release of Endorphins<\/strong><\/h4>\r\nEndorphins are the body\u2019s natural painkillers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.\r\n\r\nEndorphins are natural pain and stress fighters. Endorphins are among the brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which function to transmit electrical signals within the nervous system.\r\n\r\nAt least 20 types of endorphins have been demonstrated in humans. Endorphins can be found in the pituitary gland, in other parts of the brain, or distributed throughout the nervous system.\r\n\r\nStress and pain are the two most common factors leading to the release of endorphins. In addition to decreased feelings of pain, secretion of endorphins leads to feelings of euphoria, modulation of appetite and enhancement of the immune response.\r\n\r\nEngaging the diaphragm with any type of deep breathing (laughter included) immediately engages the parasympathetic nervous system.\r\n\r\nThe parasympathetic nervous system signals all body systems to slow down, thus producing \u201cfeel good\u201d hormones (endorphins) that signal stress hormones to cool it.\r\n\r\nOnce that signal is received, blood pressure drops, heart rate slows and an overall glow of \u201chappiness at the moment\u201d replaces anxiety\/stress \u2013 the perfect \u201cdomino effect\u201d.\r\n<h4><strong>Laughter Burns Calories<\/strong><\/h4>\r\nIt\u2019s no replacement for going to the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories\u2014which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year.\r\n<h4><strong>Tips for More Laughter in Your Life<\/strong><\/h4>\r\nSmiling is the beginning of laughter, and like laughter, it\u2019s contagious. Don\u2019t go a day without laughing.\r\n\r\nThink of it like exercise or breakfast and make a conscious effort to find something each day that makes you laugh. Set aside 10 to 15 minutes and do something that amuses you. The more you get used to laughing each day, the less effort you\u2019ll have to make.\r\n\r\nCount your blessings. Literally, make a list. The simple act of considering the positive aspects of your life will distance you from negative thoughts that block humor and laughter. When you hear laughter, move toward it.\r\n\r\nSpend time with fun, playful people. Bring humor into conversations. Watch a funny movie, TV show, or YouTube video. Invite friends or co-workers out to a comedy club. Read the funny pages. Share a good joke or a funny story. Goof around with children. Make time for fun activities.\r\n\r\nChoose to laugh whenever you can. Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up. Keep a toy on your desk or in your car. Put up a funny poster in your office. Choose a computer screensaver that makes you laugh.\r\n\r\nFrame photos of you and your family or friends having fun. Remember funny things that happen. Try to avoid negative people and don\u2019t dwell on news stories, entertainment, or conversations that make you sad or unhappy.