Have you ever been dwelling on something that was bothering you and you heard a loved one laughing? Suddenly, your mood is boosted, and your worries are lifted. Laughter is healthy and a powerful elixir for everyone, and older adults especially can benefit from the positive impact on your emotional and physical well-being for older adults.
Laughter Really is the Best Medicine
Injecting a little humor into conversations not only brings lightness to the mood, it can also have major health benefits. Laughing can increase blood vessel function and increase blood oxygenation. This can help:
- Boost overall happiness
- Improve your blood circulation
- Relieve tension and stress
- Reduce high cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- Diminish the risk of heart failure
- Improve your memory
It is also a great way to boost your immune system because it increases endorphin levels and helps release dopamine, a proven stress-reducing chemical that can also help regulate body pain. Laughing also helps people suffering from bronchitis and asthma because it can exercise the diaphragm and underlying abdominal muscles.
Laughing Improves Your Relationships
Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. We all experience difficult times and health issues. Laughter can help lessen your stress, depression, and anxiety and may also improve your self-esteem.
It also helps you connect with other people. Enjoying a good laugh with friends and family is one of the best ways to nurture and maintain your relationships. The social bonds that laughing together can forge – especially for older adults – can be priceless. Of course, laughing comes easiest when you have peace of mind knowing you have all the coverage you need. Request a FREE Benefits Review with an ASBA field agent. It’s nice to know that anytime you have questions about your insurance benefits, someone is ready to assist.