There’s research suggesting that laughter has healing properties on the human body, although doctors are probably not yet ready to write prescriptions like “Watch two sitcoms and call me in the morning”.
Still, while laughs aren’t necessarily going to cure or prevent any diseases, humor does impact our physiology.
Michael Miller, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore said laughter releases endorphins in the brain. These pleasure-inducing neurotransmitters boost the efficiency of blood flow, lessening the effects of inflammation and reducing cholesterol plaque in the veins. This might reduce the possibilities for heart attacks or other cardiovascular conditions.
Other studies have demonstrated the capacity of laughter to lower blood sugar levels, reduce pain and raise the number of antibodies that fight disease.
Miller recommends 30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week – along with 15 minutes of laughter every day.
How does one laugh on purpose? Isn’t it a spontaneous reaction, like sneezing? Well, yes, but people can create circumstances to create opportunities to laugh.
- Watching a funny TV show
- Going to play miniature golf or bowling with friends
- Sharing a funny story
- Hosting a game night
- Practicing smiling
- Spending time with children and emulating their playfulness
In the same way that exercise has been shown to improve mood and boost energy, laughter can help us relax and recharge.
The health benefits of being silly are pretty serious. Rosewood is intended to create an environment where residents can have fun and make friends, enjoying a lifestyle where laughter is part of every day.