What do laughter and exercise have in common? There are several things, but the main one is they both can boost your health! There is a reason the phrase “laughter is the best medicine” is a cliché and a timeless classic. We here at The Funny Signdefinitely agree that when it comes to feeling better, few things help more than a good chuckle and the gift of laughter.
The gift of laughter can help alleviate stress by decreasing the amounts of the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine. This, in turn, can help improve your immune system’s function. Plus, laughing at stressful situations is a great way to cope. When you laugh, that’s a good way of whistling in the dark.
Like exercise, the gift of laughter can also help improve your heart’s health by helping to lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation. It seems that laughter can help the tissue that lines your blood vessels expand, which allows for your blood to flow better.
Laughter is also a good source of aerobic exercise. If you laugh 100 times, it equals 15 minutes on a stationary bike or 10 minutes on a rowing machine, according to a Journal of Women’s Health article published in the July 29, 2004 issue. Plus, the gift of laughter can help to clear up your respiratory system, even just temporarily.
And if you’re in some pain, take the time to read a funny joke or watch a funny movie. That’s because laughing can help with pain relief by releasing endorphins. Laughter also can help alleviate feelings of anger and fear, so you’re better able to cope with the painful, negative or stressful situation.
So if you want to give the gift of laughter – to yourself or someone else – take the time to share a joke or watch a funny movie with someone you love. Or you can head over to The Funny Sign and buy a thoughtful and humorous gift that will be sure to tickle anyone’s funny bone! Just visit our online store to see what we have in stock!