Laughing with In Home Elderly Care
“Laughter is the best medicine.” We have all heard that saying before at one point or another. Laughter reduces stress, can improve overall mood, and create a more positive outlook on life. Laughing in a group can help to break down walls and allows participants to reconnect through lighthearted playfulness. Laughter improves mental health by adding joy to life and easing anxieties. Laughter brings on positive emotions and fights off the negative feelings that can easily cloud our thoughts. This is so helpful to shape the way we view things. Choosing to laugh doesn’t change the things that happen to us, but is helps us to look on the bright side of things whenever possible. There really are so many ways in which laughter is beneficial, that it’s should be a requirement to our everyday living to have a laugh a day. When you hear laughter nearby, gravitate toward it. Laughter is so much better when shared!
It comes as no surprise that laughing makes you feel good. Laughter has lasting effects that linger long after the humor has passed. A good sense of humor can boost self-esteem and optimism; this can carry you through difficult situations and can improve and boost overall mood. Laughter improves mental health by reducing tension and helping the mind to focus and accomplish more. Laughing increases pleasurable feelings and increases blood flow. When we laugh, our blood vessels are improved and are able to carry blood easily to the brain. Laughter improves mental health by improving problem solving ability and increasing creativity. Laughter can help to improve memory and focus. Laughter can also boost the immune system with an increased production of disease fighting cells and quickly induces a state of relaxation. Laughter is contagious, and unlike most medicines, offers no bad side effects.
There are many ways to encourage a burst of laughter out of a senior loved one. Laughter yoga is a wonderful example of activities that can induce bouts of laughing. Studies have proven that laughing is good for the heart and soul. Laughter is a one size fits all way to improve mood, lift spirits, reduce stress, calm anxiety, and encourage an overall lighter look at life.
Researchers have found that a person’s sense of humor persists well into old age and may perform an important role in coping with the stresses and complexities of aging. There are many reasons to believe that laughter is good medicine and should be encouraged daily.
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