If you like to laugh as much as I do then you will be happy to know that new research has discovered that laughing with friends releases the feel-good brain chemicals and increases pain tolerance.
Laughter is regularly promoted as a source of health and well being, but it has been hard to pin down exactly why laughing until it hurts feels so good. Until now… Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at Oxford, found that it is not the intellectual pleasure of cerebral humor, but the physical act of laughing that makes us feel good. The simple muscular exertions involved in producing the familiar “ha, ha, ha,” he said, trigger an increase in endorphins, the brain chemicals known for their feel-good effect.
The findings fit well with a growing sense that laughter contributes to group bonding and may have been important in the evolution of highly social humans.
The results, when analyzed, showed that laughing increased pain resistance, whereas simple good feeling in a group setting did not. Pain resistance is used as an indicator of endorphin levels
So make your weekend better by not taking things too seriously. Laugh a little, no laugh a lot and be contagious…falling out laughing! Laughter is the best medicine!