Laughter is The Best Vitamin?


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We've all heard the cliché saying that laughter is the best medicine, but is it really?

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From personal experience, I've always thought that it's not the laughter that makes you feel better but instead the people that make you laugh. If you truly enjoy being around people, you're more likely to laugh at their jokes and feel happier, where as laughing at a joke on a TV show may not have the same effect. With this in my mind I found an interesting article that spoke to the effects that laughter has on our bodies.

 

According to several scientific studies laughter is known to relax the body, boost the immune system, trigger the release of endorphins, and the most surprising to me was that it protects your heart.  When I saw these various different benefits, I realized the old saying really isn't specific enough. Is laughter the best medicine for the mind? One's health? Or one's social standing? I decided to focus more on the health side and looked more into how laughing protects your heart and relieves stress.

 

When we laugh, the function of our blood vessels increases causing smoother and increased blood flow. People whose blood vessels work better decrease their chances of a heart attack. Recent studies show that the effects that laughter has on blood vessels are the equivalent of aerobic exercise. Due to this study, some scientists believe that laughing could replace aerobics as a means of exercise. While this isn't a widely accepted theory, I found it interesting to see how even though the saying itself is centuries old, scientists today are still working on understanding what it really means and how laughter effects our bodies.

 

Stress is considered to be detrimental to one's health. Scientists have linked stress to the common cold and even more serious situations like cancer. Since laughter is shown to reduce one's stress due to the release of endorphins in the brain, this is mainly why laugher is considered "medicine". I instead related laughter to a daily vitamin. My mom always gives me multiple bottles of vitamins that she wants me to take in the mornings, and I always stubbornly refuse to take them. While vitamins help keep our bodies healthy and full of the essential nutrients we need, not taking them doesn't have any immediate effects. Later down the road, I will most likely regret not taking the vitamins that could've prevented a cold I had because they would've strengthened my body's immunity. Laughter is a vitamin. While the immediate effects of stress may not always be so clear, eventually they catch up to us, but laughter could be there to change the inevitability.

 

 

Aside from heart protection and stress reducing, there weren't too many concrete medical facts associating laughter with the health of one's body. As I continued to look into laughter I was surprised to discover that not only laughing, but being a funny person is also beneficial to one's well being. The ability to develop ones own sense of humor has shown to be important in brain function and learning to solve problems. Brain scans showed that when people are identifying what they find humorous about a situation some of the highest functioning parts of the brain are being used. Laughter almost helps us train our high functioning brain lobes, such as the frontal lobe, to be stronger so that we can have more complex thoughts and problem solving skills.

 

In the end I was still most intrigued by one of the final facts I found. The satisfaction of making others laugh has more powerful effects than simply laughing alone. This statement really stuck out to me because at the beginning of my search I wondered if laughing with others had different effects than laughing at a joke on a TV. While it doesn't necessarily matter who you're laughing with, simply being in a group and experiencing other people's joy releases more endorphins than just laughing alone would. So we've come full circle, laughing helps our body function better, but being around other people contributes to this as well.  And even though there aren't heaps of medical studies associating laughter as medically recognized type of medicine, a little laugh every once and while never hurt anyone, right?

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Yep,laughter is a great thing -- that's why we've all heard the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine." There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease. Our brains can make us healthier and happier through laughter..Laughing is found to lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, increase muscle flexion, and boost immune function by raising levels of infection-fighting T-cells, disease-fighting proteins called Gamma-interferon and B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being.
Like your blog mentioned," If you truly enjoy being around people, you're more likely to laugh at their jokes and feel happier, where as laughing at a joke on a TV show may not have the same effect"... Anyway, keep in a good mood and learn to enjoy our life may be the best thing to do.

From experience I could tell you that laughter makes me feel better, regardless of how I feel. Whether I feel sad, depressed, bored, indifferent, laughter always changes the negative moods to better moods, and the good moods to even greater moods. And YES! I completely agree that laughing with other people increases this benefit of laughter. I laughed more times than I could remember in high school, that is what I loved about people their the most. It was not hard at all to make them laugh and/or laugh with them or because of them. This article I found says that the sound of laughter is more contagious than coughs, sniffles, or sneezes. This article has some intresting information/facts about the benefits of laughing.

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From experience I could tell you that laughter makes me feel better, regardless of how I feel. Whether I feel sad, depressed, bored, indifferent, laughter always changes the negative moods to better moods, and the good moods to even greater moods. And YES! I completely agree that laughing with other people increases this benefit of laughter. I laughed more times than I could remember in high school, that is what I loved about people their the most. It was not hard at all to make them laugh and/or laugh with them or because of them. This article I found says that the sound of laughter is more contagious than coughs, sniffles, or sneezes. This article has some intresting information/facts about the benefits of laughing. Article

I'm not sure if the actual act of laughing itself is good for you, but people who laugh about are usually prone to take care of themselves in other ways. Being in good social standing makes for great health in other aspects of life. So happiness, it seems, is the best medecine, and laughter is a huge part of that.

What's interesting to me, is even if I force laughter/smiling, I end up actually feeling better. So I wonder if there is some kind of chemical balance that regulates in the body when you do laugh.

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