The importance of laughter

Did you know that toddlers laugh on average 400 times a day? They giggle, smile and laugh their way through life’s problems. On the flip side, adults on average only laugh 15 times. On Thursday 28 April, Mrs Pickering's tutor group tried to change these statistics. Laughter 'gurus'  ran a session encouraging teachers and pupils to take up more giggling through laughter yoga. The audience also learnt why laughter is so important. 

- Laughter boosts immunity.  Your immune system is the organs and processes of the body that fight infections and toxins. Scientists have found a link that suggests that laughter can help fight disease and develops your body’s defence barrier. A good belly laugh boots the body’s immune system and reduces hormones that cause stress, meaning your body is able to fight off nasty infections and disease.

- Laughter can also decrease pain. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins. These are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-bing and can temporarily relieve pain. 

- Laughter is good for your heart! It improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which helps protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. 

So please try to see the bright side and have a good belly laugh - it's good for you!