What Happens When You Laugh

Recently, HomeWell Senior Care of Morris County was at Merry Heart of Succasunna,NJ leading Laughing Therapy session for senior residents. Laughing triggers a number of positive physiological responses such as the following:

  • Relaxation of the entire body, relieving muscle tension and stress
  • Levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, drop and minimize pain and inflammation throughout the body
  • The release of endorphins, natural feel-good substances that make you feel happy and content and have been proven to reduce the perception of physical pain
  • Reduction of blood pressure combined with a moderate increase in the heart rate and improved blood circulation and oxygen intake
  • The stimulation of the immune system thanks to the release of T-cells and salivary immunoglobulin A which is triggered by laughter.

Researchers at the College of William and Mary have found that “a wave of electricity sweeps through” the entire cerebral cortex (the whole brain) just before we laugh this supports the theory that humor can actually help improve cognitive functioning by activating all parts of the brain simultaneously.

Seniors participating in laughter therapy at a recent session

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