Smile more for overall health
Laughter alleviates many of the negative symptoms of stress. When you smile, your body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good. These hormones make you feel good and block negative emotions. No wonder you feel better after laughing.
Laughter is a simple way to take care of your heart. It doesn’t require a drastic lifestyle change, but it can inspire you to find happiness in your life.
Laughter is an easy way to take care of your heart. It doesn’t require a major lifestyle change, but it can encourage you to find happiness in your life every day.
Smile your way
According to Dr Manjusha Agarwal, senior consultant in internal medicine at Global Hospital, Parel, here are a few ways laughter can help your heart:
Strengthens the immune system:
Laughter increases the number of disease-fighting cells in your body, making you less likely to get sick or get infections. If you fall unwell, your body will be better prepared to deal with it.
Reduce your risk of heart attack:
Your heart rate increases and you take a few deep breaths while smiling. This improves blood vessel function by allowing more oxygenated blood to circulate throughout the body.
Preventing heart disease:
Improved blood vessel function and circulation can also reduce your chances of being diagnosed with heart disease. Your heart will continue to beat regularly if the blood supply is adequate.
Supports weight loss:
Cortisol, a stress hormone, can get high and have serious consequences for your health if you stress too much. High levels of cortisol in the body can cause rapid weight gain. Laughing can not only relieve stress but also burn calories. When combined with a heart-healthy diet and regular exercise, you have a much higher chance of avoiding future heart problems!
Your body relaxes, lowering blood pressure, while endorphins are released to counteract the harmful effects of stress chemicals. This combination of “feel-good” and blood-pressure-lowering chemicals lifts your mood, reduces anxiety, and reduces stress on the heart.
Improve your heart health
Increase your happiness and improve your heart health by adding more laughter to your life. Do not know where to start? Try these suggestions to increase your chances of having a good time:
Go for stand-up comedy: 0
If you watch a lot of crime episodes or TV series on Netflix, or if you watch a lot of news or sports on TV, be sure to watch the same funny movie or comedy special over and over again. Find some local stand-up comedy or improvisational performances and enjoy a live experience.
Interact with friends:
Spending time with good friends is one of the easiest ways to smile. Host an entertaining game night, preferably one that doesn’t include Monopoly. Choose games that encourage group participation, such as charades or Pictionary, to ensure that everyone has a chance to participate.
“Do you recall an occasion when…” Looking back at pleasant memories or reminiscing about past events can be a great way to share special moments with others. Check out old photos and try to recall specific details from that time.
What made you choose that particular hairstyle? What exactly happened? What did you do?
When was the last time you all got together as a family? Plan an outing or a quiet family meal. It is completely up to you whether you want to spend time with your immediate family or your extended family. Focus on the present instead of rekindling old family conflicts. It’s also a great time to reminisce or transform the evening into a game night!
Get a pet:
Consider getting a pet if you no longer smile as much as you used to because of loneliness.