How Humor Makes Us Feel It has been proven by researchers that humor, especially laughter, helps both your body and your mind feel better.
Humor affects your mind in certain ways. When you laugh, endorphins, which are brain chemicals, are released. Endorphins give you a feeling of well -being, better thinking skills, and pain doesn’t bother you as much. Humor also reduces stress, and gets rid of anger and tension. Pretty good, huh?
Humor affects your body as well as your mind. It was discovered that rowing on an exercise machine 100 times was about the same as laughing for 10 minutes. Your muscles grow stronger from the tightening and relaxing.
Certain cells in your immune system are activated when you laugh. These cells help kill germs, and new cells are produced faster.
Also when you laugh, your temperature gets warmer, pulse and blood pressures become lower, your breathing deepens, and your muscles contract and relax.
In conclusion, if you would like to learn more about laughter and feeling good, you can visit the humor project at http://www.humorproject.com/ or visit http://www.humoru.com/index.htm to learn about the Humor University where you can sign up for special classes.
REFERENCES: LaRoche, Loretta 1998 Relax-you may only have a few minutes left. Villard, NY.
Thames, Brenda Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, Department of Family and Youth Development, on Humor http://fyd.clemson.edu/humor2.htm