Nothing compares to taking a break with your girlfriends to have some fun. Laughter is the reset button for me. I’ve noticed lately that I laugh a lot in thrift shops. For instance, we have been observed practising the Shake and Weight in Goodwill, blowing ram’s horns at Arc and most recently, calling Mom into a Palm Springs consignment shop to rescue me from the outfit that is two sizes too small.
Your body’s ability to ward off illness is increased by laughter, which lowers stress hormones and increases immune cells and antibodies that fight infections. Laughter causes the release of endorphins. These are the body’s natural painkillers and mood enhancers that promote overall wellbeing. Stress causes your blood vessels to constrict, which reduces circulation. Prolonged stress can lead to serious cardiac issues like heart disease, blood clots, and heart attacks.
The good news is that laughing improves circulation and reduces muscle tension, which can lessen some of the physical effects of stress and reduce your risk of cardiovascular issues. Additionally, it’s a great way to manage the stress-inducing emotion of anger. When you laugh, your body relaxes and your blood pressure is lowered, which reduces your risk of heart disease. When you laugh loudly and vigorously, nitric oxide, a molecule that reduces inflammation and prevents plaque from building up in your blood vessels, is released, which causes the inner lining of your blood vessels to widen.