Laughter Is a Tranquilizer with No Side Effects

November 11, 2016

Laughter has unexpected benefits. Among them we can highlight the fact that it is a powerful psychological tranquilizer that has no side effects. It has been shown that laughter as well as a sense of humor, contribute towards maintaining our emotional health.

When we laugh out loud, neurotransmitters such as serotonin and other endogenous opioids, such as endorphins, are secreted within our brain. These produce a very powerful sense of well-being and emotional peace.

In fact, this very psychological tool is used in certain therapies as a technique to promote balance and improve our general, overall state. Thus, it is very clear, our sense of humor and laughter are our best tools for emotional evolution and development.

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Thanks to laughter, we can face our problems with a better attitude

Thanks to laughter, we can perceive our problems in a better way. Without falling into the reductionism that characterizes positive psychology, being in a good mood helps us open the windows of our inner world, climb mountains and run through mazes. This helps us find other solutions to the obstacles that form a part of our lives.

According to zen philosophy, the tingle caused by laughter gives rise to curative energies within us that are very powerful and which help improve the health of our brain. This has been proven in neuroscientific studies, which, as we have mentioned, confirm that an explosion of well-being takes place at a cerebral level.

“Laughter produces a dilation of the mouth and lips, producing a continuous explosion of breath with a loud noise which produces the interjection of laughter and the shaking of the chest and sides. If it is violent and continuous, the eyes may fill with water.”
-Francis Bacon-