What makes us laugh varies from person to person, from culture to culture. It is however an universal experience. This suggests that laughter is a vital component of our human nature.
Laughter, it has been suggested by research, is as good for you as physical exercise. Not only do we breath more fully but we use muscles that otherwise don't get much movement. In doing so we are massaging internal organs in the process! The hormonal transmitters produced during laughter are reported to be those that increase our levels of happiness and boost our immune system too.
Of course we are not talking about lying prone on the sofa watching a comedy here. A good belly laugh is what is required. Shared with friends, this becomes even more powerful as we have the social element there too. When we share our emotions in a positive way it has a very powerful effect producing oxytocin. This hormonal transmitter brings about feelings of connection to the people around us and also is very good for our heart. All in all Laughter is therefore a great facilitator of community as well as bringing healthy benefits for our mind, body and spirit.
Oh, go on, have a laugh!!!!