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Laughing Protects Your Body and Mental Health

Murat Balanlı, MD
21 November 2022

Laughing changes the activity of hormones such as endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. When you laugh, your intake of oxygen-rich air increases, your heart, lungs and muscles are stimulated, which increases the endorphins released by your brain. Being a natural pain reliever, this hormone helps you experience less physical pain, feel better and enjoy life more.

From Lynn University in Florida, Dr. According to Matt Bellace, laughter releases the neurotransmitter dopamine, which acts as a reward for the brain, creates a sense of euphoria and plays a crucial role in your motivation to continue the behavior.

Laughter also has a similar effect to antidepressants. Laughing activates the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, the same brain chemical that is affected by SSRIs, the most common types of antidepressants.

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It also suppresses stress hormones like cortisol. These effects are associated with better mood, less physical pain, lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, lower stress levels and depression rates. Positive psychology considers the tendency to laugh and the sense of humor to be one of the 24 fundamental strengths a person can have.

Moreover, laughing with other people increases social connectedness and bonds, as well as strengthens relationships. At the same time, it makes the person feel more comfortable by improving the sense of security and safety.

Many researchers state that the body cannot distinguish between fake (simulated) or real (spontaneous) laughter. This indicates that you can benefit even by forcing yourself to laugh.

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