It is said that laughter is the best medicine. In that case, a good comedy film will not only put you in a brighter mood, but also leave your body in a better condition. If you needed an excuse to go to the cinema and laugh until your side’s hurt, now you have one.

 1.It can help relieve stress

Assuming you’re watching a movie that you find humorous, the laughter can effectively reduce your stress levels. Research suggests that laughter relieves stress by initiating and then abruptly cooling down your stress responses. What’s more, simply expecting a laugh can have powerful stress-relieving effects.

2.It can help relieve pain

In addition to being a stress-reliever, comedy could also help with long-term pain management. Laughing can cause your body to produce natural painkillers and may also relieve pain caused by muscle disorders by interfering with the “pain-spasm” cycle. A study has shown that the more people laughed, the less pain they felt. The study also suggested that it’s laughter itself, not just positive emotions, that helps with pain relief. So next time you’re in the cinema, don’t feel bad to laugh out loud like no one is listening.

3.It can help boost your immune system

Are you trying to shake off an annoying winter cold? In addition to that cough mixture you’re trying to take, you might benefit from watching some light-hearted comedy. Some research has shown that laugher may increase the number of infection-fighting antibodies in our bodies, as well as boosting immune cells. Likewise, positive thoughts and feelings — such as those released with laughter — have the potential to release neuropeptides, which help fight illness and stress.

4.It can help reduce blood pressure

Laughing at a good movie can improve blood flow and reduce your blood pressure. In fact, two separate studies found that laughter improves the flow of blood through the body’s arteries, thus reducing blood pressure, as well as people’s risk of heart disease.

Most amazingly, one of the studies found that watching a funny movie improved blood pressure “for a full 24 hours” after the movie. This means that long after you’ve left the theatre, your body will still be reaping the benefits of the laughter.

5.It’s a good workout

In terms of physical exercise, it’s worth noting that watching funny movies and laughing can be an easy workout, too. Of course, you probably shouldn’t try to substitute laughing for a solid gym workout, but it does have its benefits. Studies have suggested that 10-15 minutes of laughing can burn about 50 calories — that’s approximately one chocolate cookie. So basically, a decently funny film can burn off the few cookies you ate while watching the movie.

The 5 health benefits of comedy films
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