Play a Prank or Do a Good Deed
Planning and playing a prank on others is a good way to have fun and laugh – as long as they’re really fun and not intended to make others feel bad. Good deeds are in the same category as playing pranks and they can also lift your spirits and help others.
The laughter you gain from pranks also boosts your body’s health. You’ve likely heard the expression – laughter is the best medicine – and it’s true that doctors and researchers know that laughter truly does boost your mood.
People who laugh a lot might also be healthier than those who don’t. The laughter and fun you have with a good-natured prank can help you develop a more positive attitude and helps develop good relationships with others.
Although no one can yet say whether or not laughter might affect your health and make you feel better, it doesn’t hurt you and is worth doing more of. When you laugh, several things happen to your body.
Your skin/muscles are stretched around the face and you breathe more rapidly which in turn sends oxygen into your tissues, keeping it looking young and healthy. The effects of laughter are similar to an exercise workout and give you a bit of a cardio-workout.
Laughter can also burn calories – as many as 50 calories for every ten to fifteen minutes of laughter. Don’t abandon your workout routine though – losing a pound would mean you’d have to laugh constantly for about twelve hours.
Among the benefits of laughter, you might get from playing good-natured pranks include increased blood flow. The vessels expand and contract at a normal rate, whereas if you’re stressed, blood flow becomes constricted.
Stress can cause a decrease in your immune system’s ability to respond to illnesses. Laughter can raise the level of antibodies in the body that are associated with fighting infection and also increase the manufacture of immune cells.
Your blood sugar levels may also be decreased by laughter. And, laughter may also affect the quality of sleep you get. Pain can be lessened by laughter too and can also be a great relaxation technique.
The jury is still out of whether or not laughter might boost your energy level. Playing pranks produces a certain amount of adrenalin that may lead to more energy – at least during the time of planning and carrying out the prank.
Another phenomenon – doing good deeds – is also a way to lift your spirits and gain self-esteem. Random acts of kindness can make you feel good about yourself in many ways and others are more encouraged to pay it back by also performing good deeds.
It just feels good to be nice to someone. As you’re feeling nice for doing your good deed(s), it can also affect your health and well-being. Researchers have linked good deeds to experiencing more happiness and a drop in stress level.
When you do good deeds for others with no expectation of anything in return, you’re opening up a path to success. It may not be monetary success, but the good feelings you’ll get for the act can spur you on to success.
Ways you can do a good deed for others include paying for the person who is behind you in a drive-through. Doing something nice for a co-worker that’s having a hard time by bringing some flowers or taking him/her out to lunch can make it a better day for both you and the co-worker.
What happens inside the body when you’re doing a good deed is that your anxiety and stress level decreases dramatically. When you do good deeds on a regular basis, you become a happier person – more optimistic and more positive.
Physically, acts of kindness promote an emotional process in your body which includes releasing the hormone, oxytocin – which in turn releases nitric oxide, a chemical that dilates blood vessels.
When blood vessels dilate, they lower blood pressure and protect the heart. And, researchers have found that when we give our time and attention to others, we become more satisfied with our lives, aren’t as apt to become depressed – and it even has an effect on delaying mortality.
As a relaxation technique, doing good deeds is a habit that can put you in a happier mood and can also be a good example for others. Children, especially, benefit from observing the adults in their lives performing good deeds.
Satisfaction in relationships is another good reason for performing acts of kindness. You’re not as apt to isolate yourself and are more able to talk to others in social settings.
Studies have shown that those who perform good deeds out of the norm for others at least once per week become happier over time. Throughout most of our lives, we’ve been told to be nice.
We’ve also been told to treat others as we would want to be treated. It turns out that the old advice is more than just attempting to turn humans into good people. You don’t always perform a good deed thinking it’s good for your health, but now we know it helps.
In the busy world we live in, it’s sometimes difficult to think of doing things for others that don’t give us something back in return. But when you make a conscious effort to make good deeds a habit rather than a simple, random act of kindness once in a while, you’ll benefit in ways you’d never think about.
Doing good deeds for others is motivating and inspiring. Your chances of realizing success are increased tenfold. So, why not try doing something for someone else, without expecting anything in return and see how good it feels?