Is laughter really the best medicine? According to Fix, the secret to good health may be the mental state that comes with giggling and smiling.

When you laugh, it increases serotonin and endorphins in the brain, and simultaneously decreases stress hormones in the body. Smiling is also good for the health of your lungs, muscles, heart, and immune system.

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What does it mean when our brains release endorphins? These are the body’s natural painkillers. A good guffaw benefits mental health by relieving worries, easing anxiety, increasing feelings of positivity, and improving overall happiness.

Don’t have time to work out? Fix reports that laughter “is the best workout.” A substantial laugh reportedly burns calories, provides our body with movement, increases conditioning and toning, and keeps your body's cardio systems active.

Previous studies have also examined the health benefits of positive emotions and laughter, Medical Daily reported. According to the Yale Scientific, when we smile, the brain releases a neurotransmitter known as dopamine, which has the power to produce prolonged feelings of happiness.

Want to know more about how laughter and smiling affects your overall health? Check out Fix’s graphic below.

Source: Fix.com Blog

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