The sense of humor gives us a comic point for laughter and evasion. Laughter relaxes us: with it travels a sense of freshness and calmness. Knowing how to tell jokes and know how to make those you have around you have fun improves social communication and relationships, because who does not want to have someone who is funny who makes them laugh? Therefore, to expose its benefits, we have made this article.
The sense of humor improves blood pressure and reduces the feeling of anxiety. The psychoneuroimmunology is born from the discovery of the large number of connections between the central nervous system (our brain and spinal cord), the endocrine system (responsible for releasing hormones) and the immune system (responsible for producing antibodies to fight diseases ).
One of the conclusions drawn from studies conducted in this area is that a positive mood protects us from diseases and improves the prognosis of others, such as cancer, diabetes and asthma … and the sense of humor is precisely a Great pillar of that positive mood.
The specialists of the Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN) presented in 2015 a report in which they showed that vascular problems were reduced by 40% in those people who laughed regularly, which translates into about 4 years and a half more of life.
When we laugh, our body releases endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, which improves the feeling of calm and reduces the perception of pain. With this we also get to improve the current vision of the problems, diminishing in many cases the worry by ridiculing them.
The sense of humor allows us to relax muscles and lower blood pressure, so it is a great way to keep your heart healthy and reduce the chances of having a heart attack or stroke.
“A man enters a bar and asks the waiter: excuse me, do you have wifi?
He answers: ask for at least one beer or something
-Very well, and is everything together or separate?”
Benefits for our social relationships
Laughter and humor improve mood and help us feel better. When this happens to us, we have the ability to project it towards others. People are attracted to people who smile and make people laugh. In two experiments done in Sweden, the relationship between attractiveness and smiles was studied. They discovered that the stronger and more frequent a smile was, the more attractive the person was considered and the more attractive the face was valued.
And why are we losing this capacity over the years? One of the latest studies about the sense of humor considered that adults usually laugh between 15 and 100 times a day, compared to an average of 300 times a day of children.
Children are more spontaneous and analyze less the consequences that an event can have in the long term in their lives. Maybe the secret is to laugh without embarrassment and to enjoy without laughter a good laugh.
Benefits in our cognitive abilities
Laughter captures our attention, so that someone who makes us laugh becomes an attractive person. Therefore, the sense of humor also favors the retention of information.
A study carried out by Melisa B. Wanzer, published in the scientific journal “Communication Education”, affirms that humor catches the attention of the people surrounding the comedian – be it a person or a circumstance -, it facilitates the understanding of what happens or of the exposed facts and dynamizes the processing of the content. In other words, the sense of humor reigns in favor of learning.
Understanding jokes also requires creativity, speed, ease, and other resources that are more difficult to acquire rationally. Providing a positive view of the problems, an exit from reality and a moment of fun only improves the cognitive functions, the immune system and our social relationships.