A positive attitude is one key to good health, and nothing helps build a positive attitude and a good mood more than laughter. Not only that, but frequent laughter can help to keep a senior citizen healthy.
Laughter Is an Instant Mood Booster.
We’ve all experienced it. After sharing a joke and a hearty laugh with friends, we smile more and feel happier and more relaxed. When we laugh, the body releases what we often call feel-good hormones: Researchers are still looking into why this happens, but for many individuals, feeling happier is a great incentive to look for reasons to laugh.
Laughter Can Help Keep The Heart Healthy.
When a person laughs, there are physical changes that occur. Laughter can help the heart to function more efficiently – it increases blood supply and expands the inner walls of the arteries helping the heart to push blood throughout the body. When blood is pumping more freely, individuals tend to feel better physically, which also helps to boost mood and general health.
Humor Helps Release Tension and Stress
If you’re tense and stressed all the time, you’re probably not feeling all that healthy or happy. Just a short but hearty laughing bout can release some of that chronic tension and stress, loosening muscles and making you feel better.
Laughing Regularly May Ease Mood Problems.
As noted above, the body releases feel-good hormones when one laughs. This can help elderly individuals to feel connected with others and to feel happier, which can stave off depression and other mood disorders.
At EvergreenChoice, we understand the importance of laughter and want to help you keep your loved one healthy and happy. We can match your loved one with an in-home eldercare expert who can keep them laughing while assisting your elderly relative with day-to-day tasks. Contact us today to learn more.