Which myth makes you laugh every day

Laughter - This is how it changes our mood

When was the last time you laughed heartily? To make it easier for you to answer the question, we have a little apothecary joke for you:

A man comes to the pharmacy and asks for a tapeworm remedy. The pharmacist asks him: "Is it for an adult?" The man replies: "I have no idea, how should I know how old the tapeworm is?"

Hopefully we've made you smile a bit now. Because the sad result shows that adults laugh around 15 times a day, while children do it over 400 times! Who counts something like that? Well, there is a separate branch of research that deals with the theory of laughter, which science calls gelotology. You know (hopefully) from your own experience that laughter is good for our physical and mental health. However, today we have some information about laughter for you that you may not already know.

What happens in the body when you laugh?

When we are born, smiling is initially a reflex. However, frequent smiles lead to faster and better development.

It can be physically determined: We move around 100 muscles, the pulse increases, the blood pressure rises briefly, we are in a positive state of stress. This increases the blood flow to the skin. After that, relaxation sets in: the heartbeat slows down, the blood pressure drops over the longer term. The movement of the diaphragm “kneads” the internal organs such as the liver, spleen and gall bladder and stimulates digestion. In the long run, regular laughter also has a positive effect on the cholesterol level.

The effects on the psyche, however, are even more interesting: Laughter relieves tension and cramping, alleviates fears, especially headaches, toothache and muscle pain, stimulates healing processes, strengthens the immune system, to name just the most important points. Not to be forgotten is the release of serotonin when laughing, a messenger substance that is also involved in the development of feelings of happiness. Laughing together also strengthens the feeling of connectedness and facilitates communication.

Because the positive effects of laughing (as well as positive thinking) have meanwhile also convinced medical professionals, laugh therapy and provocative therapy have become fixed components of some treatments. Dementia sufferers, for example, benefit from visiting the clinic clowns, as do the seriously ill. Researchers from the USA are working on the latest scientific evidence that laughing activates T lymphocytes, which are involved in the defense against cancer cells. This should also apply to gamma interferon.

How can you and your loved ones stay fit and healthy all year round? Of course, illnesses can never be completely avoided, but the more prepared you are, the better. That is why we have collected tips and information from the areas of allergies, family and wellness for you in our health guide.

What to do when you have nothing to laugh about

Smile consciously every now and then, even if you don't feel like it. Even if it may seem a bit forced to you at first, a real smile will soon settle on your face. It is best to start doing this in the morning in front of the mirror. Later, you can continue to do so in the street, when entering a store, etc.

That, in turn, will make another person smile at you. You automatically feel better and can thus better influence negative feelings. (We recommend reading on this topic here: Can you influence negative feelings?).

Read the jokes in the daily newspapers or subscribe to funny cartoons on the Internet. The offer is so diverse that there is something for every taste. You can find funny jokes here, for example: www.lachmeister.de, or www.aberwitzig.com. If you are a fan of black humor, take a look over at www.nichtlustig.de.

Cut / print out your favorite joke and pin it to a place where you can see it often: on the refrigerator, on the toilet door, on the bulletin board at your work place ... Don't be put off by others don't find this funny. As long as no one is harmed, everyone can decide for themselves what makes them laugh.

A book or a film should always be ready, which will make you smile after a less fun day.