Alright folks, get ready to smile.
A recent study out of Loma Linda University has found that a good old-fashioned belly laugh can have physical health benefits. The researcher behind the study, Dr. Lee Berk, presented some pretty convincing stats in California this year that will change the way we think about laughter. In fact, howling with your friends can lower three major stress hormones that are known to wreak havoc with your immune system. That’s why we decided to round up our finest viral videos, guaranteed to help you kick back and cackle. That way, not only are you learning about all the awesome benefits of laughter, you’ll actually be applying them as well. So, do your body a favour and check out the videos below:
Laughing can kill cancer
Research from Western Kentucky University has tied a good chuckle to greater numbers and activity of “killer cells,” which your immune system deploys to attack disease. All you need to do is hit play and say “take this, cancer.”
You can reach a state of nirvana through laughter
Laughter has been shown to induce “gamma” frequencies, which are a type of brain wave associated most with experienced meditators. But if relaxation isn’t your thing, these anchors should give you all the nirvana you need:
It’s a natural de-puffer
“Laughter has been linked to health benefits ranging from lower levels of inflammation to improved blood flow.” While we can’t say this girl’s prank helped her boyfriend’s circulation, watching it will certainly help yours. Enjoy!
Laughing makes for a good excuse to be extroverted
Studies show that you’re 30 times more likely to laugh around other people than when you are by yourself. Just take this little boy, for example. How would this have been so funny if there were no people around to record it?
Laughter can be part of your exercise routine
The next time you’re at the gym, take a few minutes to laugh. A lot of the health benefits associated with happiness are the same ones experienced through staying active and eating a healthy diet. If you stop laughing, you might end up like this guy:
If you’re having a bad week, month or year…
Laughter is known to cause the opposite effects of stress in the body. The more you laugh, the less stress you’ll feel. Now we just need someone to tell that to this 5-year-old…
You can laugh your way to a healthier, smarter and brighter you
Laughing can improve the “synchronization” of your neuronal activity, which bolsters recall and memory. In other words, you’re now just a little bit faster, stronger and smarter than you were at the beginning of this article. Too bad we can’t say the same about the Kardashians: