The most awesome thing when you feel happy about something is when you express about it as you laugh. The more you express it, the more you feel happy. It’s like a never ending loop of happiness.
When you laugh, it feels like you can conquer the world without any obstructions in a blink of an eye. So do you want to conquer the world? And do you want to know how it is done?
Muscles used when laughing
Laughing can sometimes be completely involuntary and involves a complex series of muscles, which is why it’s so difficult to fake and also why an active effort is required to suppress laughter.
In the face, the zygomaticus major and minor anchor at the cheekbones and stretch down towards the jaw to pull the facial expression upward; on top of this, the zygomaticus major also pulls the upper lip upward and outward.
The sound of our laugh is produced by the same mechanisms which are used for coughing and speaking: namely, the lungs and the larynx.
When breathing normally, air from the lungs passes freely through the wholly open vocal cords in the larynx.
When they close, air cannot pass, however when they’re partially open, they generate some form of sound. Laughter is the result when we exhale while the vocal cords close, with the respiratory muscles periodically activating to produce the characteristic rhythmic sound of laughing.
The Risorius muscle is used to smile, but affects a smaller portion of the face and is easier to control than the Zygomatic muscles. As a result, the risorius is more often used to feign amusement, hence why fake laughter is easy to detect.
What actually happens when we laugh?
- Muscles get a physical workout
- Blood pressure drops
- Oxygen intake increases
- Suppresses physical pain by producing beta-endorphins
- Strengthens the immune system
- Respiration improves
- Psychological wellness
World Laughter Day takes place on the first Sunday of May of every year. It was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. Dr. Kataria, a family doctor in India, was inspired to start the Laughter Yoga movement in part by facial feedback hypothesis, which postulates that a person’s facial expressions can have an effect on their emotions.
The celebration of World Laughter Day is a positive manifestation for world peace. It is most often celebrated by gatherings of people in public places with the sole purpose of laughing. Its popularity has grown exponentially, with that of the Laughter Yoga movement now counting thousands of Laughter Clubs in more than 105 countries.
Benefits of laughing
Physical Health Benefits:
- Boosts immunity
- Lowers stress hormone
- Decreases pain
- Relaxes your muscles
- Prevents heart diseases
Mental Health Benefits
- Adds joy and zest to life
- Eases anxiety and tension
- Relieves stress
- Improves mood
- Strengthens immune system
- Strengthens relationship
- Attracts others to us
- Enhances teamwork
- Helps defuse conflict
- Promotes group bonding