5 amazing benefits of laughter for senior citizens

Exercise & FitnessHealthy LivingWellness

If you are in search of a truly universal language, you don’t have to research much. Every human being knows it, even babies, before uttering their first words, respond towards it. Have you guessed what it is? Yes, you are right. It’s “Laughter”. 

Every culture around the world values humor, and appreciation for this humor is expressed through laughter. Everyone knows laughter is the best medicine, and we often advise our seniors to laugh and keep themselves happy. The world-famous British comedian Charlie Chaplin has quoted, “A day without laughter is a day wasted”, to which all of us agree. We all already know and have heard that laughter is good for health, but do you know how exactly?

1. Releases the happy hormone:
The happy hormone- Endorphins are released from the brain that quickly reduces stress and physical pain. Laughing instantly boosts endorphins and, hence, lowers stress levels. So seniors, next time when you feel stressed, read a funny article and laugh out loud from the bottom of your heart and experience the magic of the happy hormone.

2. Reduces blood pressure:
One side effect of stress is that it increases your blood pressure. But if your stress hormone is kept in check by your happy hormone, it means that your blood pressure will also be managed effectively. So, stop stressing and laugh your heart out.

3. Promotes fitness:
Laughter engages almost all of your body systems, including all muscles and nerves. All this engagement boosts our energy. Haven’t you always felt exhausted after a long and good laugh? If you want to have an easier abdominal workout, just laugh.

4. Boosts your immune system:
With all the above benefits, it seems like a no-brainer to say that laughter also boosts your immune system. Some common illnesses that might land older persons into a bed can be fought off with regular laughter, promoting a stronger immune system.

5. Improves your memory:
Cortisol- a primary stress hormone that eats away your short-term memory function if left unchecked. With laughter, stress hormones are automatically kept in control, giving your brain time to repair itself from the damage that cortisol does.

Now that you are familiar with the benefits of laughter, what’s stopping you from laughing? Seniors, you must keep yourself happy and find ways to laugh to enjoy the above health benefits.

How to do that?

  1. Spend time with friends and family and share funny stories.
  2. Watch a comedy-drama or movie, your choice.
  3. Try laughter exercises; it’s everywhere on youtube.

Also read: 10 ways to improve an elder’s quality of life


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