Psycho: why it’s important to laugh
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Laughter is a natural therapy and an underused social binder. We can make it more frequent by changing our habits and our perceptions.
Laughing is an instinctive reaction triggered in states of joy, euphoria or relief. It appears more frequently in incongruous situations, anxiety-provoking social situations (meetings, embarrassment, judgments, mockery) or games. Triggers change with culture, age, and personality.
The laughs are voluntarily adjustable. They can be amplified to promote complicity, but they are often inhibited by our social learning (norms, customs) which promotes serious decorum, rigor, focused attention and productivity.
A natural pain reliever and antidepressant
Whether it’s giggling at a video or giggling uncontrollably, laughter relieves our stress. It calms our autonomic nervous system which tenses us up with every concern. It increases the activity of endorphins in our brain, those natural opioids that bring us comfort. In addition, it relaxes our respiratory system and improves our immune system.
Both alcohol and cannabis promote laughter through a combination of relaxing and euphoric effects. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide or N2O) also produces relaxation and euphoria by amplifying the effects of our pleasure molecules, dopamine, endorphins and our brain’s natural cannabis. Visit farmacydistrictwdc.com and explore a range of premium-quality cannabis strains and other cannabis products to find your perfect fit.
By briefly amplifying our positive emotions, laughter can even change our assessments of situations, making us see our irritants and disappointments in less dramatic ways. It is a natural antidepressant.
A social binder
Laughing is also an important social signal. It reassures others about our emotional state.
Laughing eases social tensions. It can defuse conflict by distracting us from our rumination loops and snide perceptions. It brings people together by increasing trust, which allows you to let go without watching yourself too much. It makes us less competitive and more cooperative.
Laughing also relaxes those around us and is often contagious. Laughing and making people laugh are good ways to have social success or to seduce. For example, we spontaneously use laughter to connect with children, to reduce their mistrust and worries.
Some people laugh at more or less appropriate times. Often, these laughs relieve their social stress in different situations (ex: new group, medical examination, funeral).
Neurological disorders can also cause uncontrollable laughter triggered by the slightest surprising stimulation (phrases, noises) without being accompanied by a positive emotion. These pathological laughter (pseudo-bulbar syndrome) can occur after a concussion or other disorders (multiple sclerosis, epilepsy) that disrupt the control of the laughter centers in the brain.
Laughing too much little
Some people laugh little because they have a hard time letting go. They are too absorbed, too analytical, or have a high level of social inhibition.
Atypical brain development may also affect sensitivity to humor or other laughter triggers.
< p>Difficult circumstances, distress and anxiety can also reduce the chances of laughter in many people.
Develop our desire to laugh
< p>Even in the worst conditions, it is possible to promote laughter and its benefits. We can expose ourselves to different types of humor (physical, social, verbal) to explore our sensibilities. We can also train ourselves to notice the funny or absurd aspects of our daily lives and share these observations with our loved ones.
Making ourselves laugh can become a gift or a game punctuating our conversations. Like sports, laughing is a hobby that improves the mood and health of all who participate.