Last updated on Jan 19th, 2021 at 01:09 pm

The ‘gift of laughter’ is contagious and itâ??s good for your overall well-being. As the age-old saying goes, ‘laughter the best medicine’, and scientific research has proven it!

Here are some health benefits of a good giggle:

  • Produces endorphins, those ‘happy chemicals’ in the brain, which help you to feel happy and relaxed

  • Boosts your immune system

  • Promotes oxygenation and circulation within your body

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  • Reduces stress and anxiety

  • It’s said to help prevent the development of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular problems

  • A good laugh burns calories and is equivalent to as much as 10 minutes of rowing!

Could you benefit from laughter therapy?

Laughter therapy, developed by Dr Malan Kataria, a physician from Mumbai, India, consists of laughing exercises combined with breathing techniques.

Laughter therapy is based on the concept that anyone can laugh, for no reason at all, and benefit from it, as the brain is unable to distinguish between real and fake laughter. In other words, every time you laugh, whether genuine or not, your brain starts producing those natural ‘happy chemicals’ known as endorphins.

People around the world are using this tool to alleviate stress, depression, anxiety, pain and to improve their vitality.

So, if youâ??re feeling stressed or having a bad day, laugh it off and youâ??ll soon feel better! Whether you read a few jokes, watch a comedic TV show or force a laugh, it will improve your mood and boost your health.

Find a reason to giggle today and, even better, try to evoke laughs from friends, co-workers and family too. It will benefit not only your health, but also help spread a little joy to others this festive season!

Sources: Laugh for no reason by Dr Madan Kataria, Laughter the best medicine: The healing power of happiness by Robert Holden and Thrive Magazine.

This article was researched and written by Taryn White, All4Women intern writer.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.