(Tuesday’s Tidbits) The science behind what happens to your body when you laugh.

(Tuesday’s Tidbits) The science behind what happens to your body when you laugh.

Happy Tuesday, and laugh a little!

A merry heart is good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22.

Science and the Bible, finally….. agreeing on something extraordinary. Science (University College of London) tells us that laughter comes in two shades; voluntary and spontaneous. Forbes reports that intuitively we know that laughter is one of the best tools we have for dealing with stress, and science backs that up. In fact, research into laughter goes even further, revealing that it’s a potent drug with the contagious power of a virus that conveys a slew of benefits for the mind and body. 

Here are some other important facts.

Laughter is a potent endorphin releaser. One of the most recent studies on laughter shows that laughing with others releases endorphins in the brain—our homegrown feel-good chemicals—via opioid receptors. The more opioid receptors a given person has in their brain, the more significant the effect. Highly addictive opioid drugs, like heroin, also bind to those receptors, suggesting that laughter induces euphoria, not unlike a narcotic (minus the obvious drawbacks).

Laughter contagiously forms social bonds. The endorphin effect described above also explains why social laughter is so contagious. Spreading endorphin release through groups promotes a sense of togetherness and safety. Each brain in a social unit is a transmitter of those feelings, which triggers the feel-goods in other brains via laughter. It’s like a game of endorphin dominoes. That’s why when someone starts laughing, others will laugh even if they’re not sure what everyone is laughing about.

Make laugher a part of your day, it’s the healing that your soul is thirsting for. Happy Tuesday!!!

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