Laughing Is The Best Medicine


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"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh.  It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person." This famous quote by Audrey Hepburn could not be truer.  Who doesn't love a good laugh until you cry session, to make you forget about all the worries and troubles bogging you down?  I know I do.


Laughter, while it may seem trivial, is actually vital to one's health. Helpguide.com talks about how laughter can help with dealing with stress, pain and conflicts. After laughing, all the muscles in your body relax for up to 45 minutes after.  Your stress hormones decrease all the while increasing the disease fighting antibodies, making you more resistant to getting sick.  It also discussed how laughter improves blood flow and function of blood vessels, which improves your cardiovascular health. (helpguide.com


However as good as laughter is for your body physically, it is even better when it comes to maintaining your emotional and mental health.  Laughing, like exercise, releases endorphin's, which makes you feel good and can help you to forget about your stress.  (mayoclinic.com) According to Paul H. McGhee, PhD. ""Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health." (helpguide.com


Speaking from personal experience, I have always gravitated towards people who exude that happy-go-lucky, infectious energy.  I am a natural worrier at heart so being surrounded by people who can make me laugh and forget about what I am stressed about, instantly puts me at ease and makes me feel like I can conquer anything.   I believe laughing is also a healthy part of one's life because typically, we are laughing with people we love and care about, showing the importance of friends and family in one's life.


So next time school gets too much or you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed, surround yourself with people who can make you laugh. You just might end up happier quicker than you think. 


http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-relief/SR00034

http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

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I firmly believe in the power of a good laugh especially since I laugh all the time. When it comes to the physical benefits of laughter, the list goes on and on. It’s incredible to think that something as significant as a person’s cardiovascular health can be positively impacted by laughter. Robin Dunbar, a psychologist at the University of Oxford discussed how laughter triggers the release of endorphins, which is part of the reason laughter feels so great! Numerous laughter studies have been conducted and time and time again, they show the effectiveness of laughter. That being said, I completely agree with your advice to surround yourself with people who can make you laugh if you’re having a rough day because it truly can make a difference.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/science/14laughter.html?_r=0

Laughing is seriously amazing. Any time I'm with my best friends, it's all we do and they know exactly how to cheer me up. I also LOVE to search Pinterest for funny stuff that I know will brighten my day. When you're studying and need a little break, it's perfect (except when I take it too far and end up laughing to myself for 2 hours).

A really interesting article on Psychology Today says that laughter is, "primarily a social vocalization that binds people together." I really like the idea of this because the author asserts that laughter is a universal language, understood by all.

They also performed an observational study that surveyed people laughing in a crowded street area. They studied the gender of who the speaker and the gender of who the person laughing. While it may not be a flawless study design, their findings are still intriguing and I urge you to check them out.
http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200011/the-science-laughter

Kelsey,
I also wrote a blog about laughing. I learned that it reduces stress. Laughter is also a great ab work out! One hundred laughs is actually equal to 15 minutes of cardio. The endorphins that you wrote about above are also a great side effect from laughter. Laughing is also good for a persons brain as it incorporates different parts of the brain. Below is another website on how the brain is used when a person laughs:
http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/laughter3.htm

Great post! My mom always told me that laughing is the best ab workout because you don't even know it's a workout. Laughing has so many benefits for you. It does reduces stress. Just think about the feeling after you have a good long laugh. You feel so refreshed and happy! It keeps you positive and gives your mind some relief from the stress in your life. This website I found give reasons why laughter is a good stress reliever: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-relief/SR00034

I love to laugh, my laugh is terrible but I love to laugh regardless. When you're with friends and you guys are out having a good time laughing at jokes you feel ten times better about your day. I am one of those people that are able to feel so much better if someone tries to cheer me up with just a joke and I love it when people do. There are definitely health benefits to laughing and that's completely amazing because it's just a simple thing we do everyday yet it gives you so many benefits! Here's an article I found on more health benefits to laughing!
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefits-of-laughter.html

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