Today my video is all about laughter and I'll also show you some really great and simple stretches for the back of your legs.
The power of laughter!
Gelotology - no kidding - is the science of laughter.
Unfortunately, laughter is neglected far too much in our modern times. Studies from happiness research have shown that people from about 50 years ago laughed 3 times as much as we do today.
Did you know: Children laugh about 400 times a day, while we adults do it in the same time it only 15 times on average. (Source: Geo.de)
Laughter is a free miracle cure and the simplest and best medicine of all.
What happens when you laugh? The effects of laughter's.
- reduces stress
- releases happiness hormones
- stimulates digestionincreases oxygen exchange in the brain
- strengthens the immune system
- relaxes and increases general well-being
- People who laugh frequently and regularly are also less likely to develop heart disease or depression.
Our laughing muscles:
Laughter is actually quite simple.
In contrast to scowling, where we need about 54 facial muscles, we only need 43 when we laugh. Perhaps we have simply become more accustomed to scowling, so we don't even notice this extra effort.
When we laugh really heartily, our body is engaged in a true high-performance sport. From the face to the belly, almost 300 different muscles are involved.
Laughter and the brain
When we laugh, the facial muscles between the cheek and the eye press precisely on a nerve that directly triggers joy and happiness hormones in our brain. Our body is flooded with positive happiness hormones and at the same time stress hormones are reduced.
Fake it, until you make it! Laughing for no reason
Even if you don't feel like laughing, you should definitely laugh. Even an artificial laugh produces all the positive effects in the brain and changes your mood abruptly.
The first 15 seconds may take a little effort, but then it gets better and better. The important thing is, as with naked yoga - that you just do it. Just do it!