Laugh Your Way to Better Health


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We have all heard the old adage that "laughter is the best medicine", but is there actually any science behind this saying or is just a bunch of hilarious hot air?

 

 I can personally say that after laughing my way through a comedic event I am left in a positive mood and simply feel better. If you're having a bad day (for whatever reason) most times something as simple as laughing can change your whole mood. For those of you reading this article I would bet that you have said "That just made my day!" countless times. Most likely whatever "made your day" was a funny anecdote that caused a burst of laughter.

 

I have been intrigued to find out if laughter is truly a source of having better health and as it turns out scientists have been researching this topic in further detail. According to Robert Provine, (a professor of psychology and neuroscience) there hasn't been enough authoritative research conducted to prove laughter definitely leads to better health, but It can be said, nevertheless, that laughter undoubtedly isn't hurting people's health. Many people who believe that laughing provides health benefits claim it is both a mental and physical workout in that it stretches muscles and produces blood flow as well as releases endorphins in the brain.

 

WebMD describes several benefits of laughter in further detail

BENEFITS

1.      Burns calories (Not enough to replace a full workout)

2.      Increase blood flow

3.      Release stress

4.      Defending respiratory infections

 

These are just a few. Several more correlations have been made between laughing and good health.  As for the negatives of laughing, besides your abs and facial muscles hurting a little from LOLing, there really aren't any. Feel free to try to find some if you disagree. In the mean time try to LMAO, ROTFL, and LOL more and you might just become a little healthier.

 

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I really do believe that laughing makes everything better! Since I'm a girl who always has a smile on my face, I really do support people to take things less seriously and try to laugh more often. In my point of view, I believe laughing provides in a better health in a sense of how your mind can be released from those stressful moments. Not only does your physical health matters, your emotional health really matters too (due to the fact that depression is a serious problem). Another interesting point I notice when I laugh is how my core needs to flex and that can lead to a good little workout too? :) Yes but I do agree with your article; being happy is necessary for one's lives and also, laughing generally makes everything better!

This is an awesome blog and I believe more people should read this! Laughing truly is the best medicine, no matter how sad you may be. Especially after a bad break-up or loss of a family member a good laugh always does make you feel better and it's so nice to see science agrees as well!

Hey Jared!

I always enjoying having a good laugh and I thoroughly agree that laughing is good for you! According to this article , laughing also encourages blood flow in the body which is beneficial to the heart. A study was actually conducted on this, which you can read about in the article.
It is also helpful to note that it takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 muscles to smile.

Here's a site that provides even more reasons to laugh! http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

Laughter helps the body physically, mentally, and socially. You've covered the main ways laughter can help a person physically, but it goes way beyond physical health and acts a medicine for the mind. As you mentioned, laughter relieves stress, but it also eases fears. When you laugh, endorphins are released in the body causing an over all good feeling to replace feelings of fear and anxiety. Socially, laughter can help two people grow closer in a relationship and limit disagreements. It also boosts teamwork and bonding in groups of people. The link goes more into depth of the social and mental ways laughter is healthy for you!

Here's a site that provides even more reasons to laugh! http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

Laughter helps the body physically, mentally, and socially. You've covered the main ways laughter can help a person physically, but it goes way beyond physical health and acts a medicine for the mind. As you mentioned, laughter relieves stress, but it also eases fears. When you laugh, endorphins are released in the body causing an over all good feeling to replace feelings of fear and anxiety. Socially, laughter can help two people grow closer in a relationship and limit disagreements. It also boosts teamwork and bonding in groups of people. The link goes more into depth of the social and mental ways laughter is healthy for you!

I have always wondered this myself so its nice to know laughter is helpful for our health. It has been researched and discovered that being happy or adding fun in your day can reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. If we do not participate in an enjoyable daily activity we can easily become over stressed and worn out which can contribute to deadly health problems. It can be something as simple as catching lunch with a friend and joking around or watching a funny movie.

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