Laughter is Medicine: Humor Relieves Stress

Laughter is Medicine: Humor Relieves Stress

By Dexter Yarbrough. The sound of laughter is much more capable of being spread than any sneeze, cough or sniffle. When laughter is shared, people bond together. As such, happiness and intimacy increase. In addition to the positive effect of joy and amusement, laughter also brings about healthy physical changes in the body. Even research has shown that the health benefits of laughter are extensive. Studies have shown that laughter and humor strengthens our immune system, boosts our energy, diminishes pain and protects us from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this medicine is fun and free! Yes!

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Benefits of Laughter

Laughter has many other benefits. It decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thereby improving our resistance to disease. Laughter also increases blood flow and improves the function of blood vessels, which can help protect the heart against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Laughter provides for the release of endorphins, which are the body’s feel-good chemicals. These chemicals promote an overall sense of well-being and may relieve pain temporarily. In addition, a good laugh relives tension and stress, thus leaving your muscles relaxed even 45 minutes later.

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Laughter Builds Relationships

The ability to laugh with others not only makes life more enjoyable, it also helps us to relieve stress, solve problems, join with others and be more creative. People who allow humor into their daily lives find that it renews them and all of their relationships. Humor is a powerful way to heal resentments, disagreements and hurts. Laughter unites people during difficult times.

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Laughter/Humor is Fun

Laughter gives us the fortitude to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh - or even simply a smile - can go a long way toward making us feel better. Laughter can spread like wildfire. Just hearing it prepares our brain and readies a smile so that we may join in on the fun.

So now that you know humor relieves stress and makes you feel all good inside, check out the below practical jokes for some good, stress relieving laughter. By Dexter Yarbrough.

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Wonderful hub..I want you to know I am laughing now and feel better already..I love to laugh and hear others laugh..it is healing to the soul.

God Bless,

Sunnie


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

God bless you as well, Sunnie! I am so glad this hub brought a little more laughter to your day!


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

ya, but now I peed my pants!!!!!

nice job ace!

Can you do a hub on how at 44 I can't stop laughing, I'm not taken very seriously, and even that is funny to me

GREAT HUB

awesome/up!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Kim! I will see about doing a hub on the topic you suggest! :-)


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feenix 5 years ago

Dexter, this hub certainly has helped me to get off to a good start this morning. It is so true that laughter is a tonic that cures and prevents a wide range of afflictions and maladies.

It has taken me a long time, but I am learning how to be happy and to laugh. And do you know something? It feels real good.

Thank you for publishing this uplifting post.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Feenix, it is my pleasure! More importantly to me, I am thrilled to know that you are learning to be happy and to laugh again. It does feel good, huh? :-)


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Ashantina 5 years ago

...how the heck do those actors in Scare Tactics manage to keep a straight face?!? And Ed Bassmaster, 'he da man'!!

Love it-love it!!!

Up/awesome/n tooo funny :)


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Ashantina! Ed Bassmaster is great! Thanks for telling me about him. Thanks for your support!


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epigramman 5 years ago

....I need to share and post this on my Facebook page with a direct link back here ..... more people have to see the fantastic world (and mind) of Dexter the Man!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

I would really appreciate it, Epi! Thank you so much. I am learning from the best!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Great hub Dexter, no doubt about it laughter makes you feel good inside, excellent medicine! have a good day and see you soon, oh and have fun!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Movie Master! Have fun as well!


vinsanity 5 years ago

Hey Dexter, you have a great hub here. Laughter and having an overall good view on life is very important for anyone and alone can make your world of problems seem not so bad.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Vinsanity! Thank you. And I agree wholeheartedly!


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angoliver 5 years ago

What a great hub! I couldn't stop laughing!! It's so true... laughter is the best medicine.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Angoliver! Thank you. Laughter IS the best medicine!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub! Laughed out loud during the library video, and enjoyed the photos and graphics. Totally agree that laughter is the best medicine for anything that ails yah!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Happyboomernurse! I am so happy you enjoyed it!


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6hotfingers3 5 years ago

Great, great hub! I agree laughter is the medicine that cures nearly everything. Your supporting U-Tubes are a blast and in good taste. Thank you for my morning dose of laughter. I will make sure I find something else during the day that will make me laugh. And I will smile at a stranger today.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

So glad you enjoyed it! Laughter is such a wonderful thing!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Hi Dexter,

Oh, I love a good laugh and this certainly did the trick!

You are my first new friend that I found from my pal Mr epi... I have decided to take on a challenge on finding a new buddy every day from his cadre!! I made a great call... and am looking forward to checking out more of your writing.

Voted UP & UFAB-- have a wonderful day, mar!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Marcoujor! I am so glad you enjoyed the hub. And I am glad to call you friend as well. Epi is truly a wonderful man. Thanks and I am happy to be a follower of YOURS!


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

Laughter sure is some good medicine for any soul. It cheers up anyone and brightens the day. Somedays when i am gloomy i long for something to make me lol. Sometimes the right person comes and just trigger my laughing button and i would laugh so sweetly like never before and then i would be so please with my self. I always enjoy a good laugh.

Take care ;)


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Ladyjojo. Laughter has helped me through many a sad time. I am glad you enjoyed it!


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DjBryle 5 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Hey, thanks so much for making my day bright because I am laughing right now as I read your hub! Now I feel really good inside out! Cheers! =)


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DjBryle 5 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Hey, thanks so much for making my day bright because I am laughing right now as I read your hub! Now I feel really good inside out! Cheers! =)


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi DjBryle! I am so happy that I could make your day brighter via laughter. Thanks so much!


Lesleysherwood 5 years ago

Dexter. Absolutely brilliant videos. My husband and I were cracking up at the bottom one. Thank you so much for this hub. It made my day!!!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Lesleysherwood! I am so glad you and your husband enjoyed it. Your enjoyment made MY day!


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parrster 5 years ago from Oz

Loved that last video of the animal lover, looking at his face I almost felt sorry for him.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Parrster! I couldn't agree more! Thanks for checking it out.


Ghost32 5 years ago

You just reminded of what may have been the all-time laugh record for me in this entire incarnation. To date, anyway, and IF giggles count.

None of the three of us had any idea why, but Dave, Connie, and I were way early for our high school play rehearsal that evening--and, sitting on the steps waiting for the drama teacher with the key to the door, we got the giggles.

I mean, we got the GIGGLES. Couldn't tell you what set us off, but it was like one of those old Carol Burnett Show sketches where Tim Conway and Harvey Kormann would set each other off...except our session lasted until the director/teacher showed up nearly 30 minutes later.

The play came off very well. We three had the best comedy scene IN the play, part of which involved Dave and me dragging off the villain, Connie.

Okay, Connie was a "she", but for the play, she wore a fake moustache. Which was fairly humorous in itself, Connie being rather, um, OBVIOUSLY female....


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

See what I mean, Ghost! You have had so much excitement and fun. I REALLY have lived a pretty boring life! Great story!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi there Dex,

I've only just got round to reading this hub but I'm glad I made it here finally! What a hoot! Your sense of humor cracks me up.

Love the toilet sign! Where do you find this stuff?

Hope your weekend was great.

Cloverleaf.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Cloverleaf! The humor keeps me from crying - sometimes! The toilet sign - just one of many in my collection! Thanks so much!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

You are so right Dexter laughter is a must for sure.

Life is too short to be walking round with a long face every day.

I vote up without a doubt.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Eiddwen! Let's keep laughing!


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Scarface1300 5 years ago

Fantastic,Truly a gem. Voted Up and Funny


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Scarface! Glad you enjoyed it. Laughter is truly the best medicine! Thanks for reading!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Laughter is contagious! You got me laughing Dex! Hahaha! Love the hub! :)


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Sunshine! Isn't laughter a good thing? Thanks!


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Oh, woo! A fun absorbing read! Thanks for the laughs.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Frogyfish! Welcome! I am glad you enjoyed it.


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nenytridiana 5 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

Hahaha.... I couldn't stand not to laught! Yes I agree this is stress relieving! 100%! Thank you Dexter Yarbrough!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Nenytridiana! Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks!


jt Walters 5 years ago

I think laughter is the best gift we give to each other and ourselves. You are so right. Thanks but I had hoped to Read #28 on the Obama's. Please tell me you will publish that soon.

All My Best,

JT


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi JT! Thanks for checking out this hub! And #28 will be out very, very soon!


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Brian Burton 5 years ago

Great hub Dexter (as always). Love your sense of humor and thank you for the reminder that laughter is key to good health!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Brian! I am glad you enjoyed it!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Laugh more and you'll be happier and healthier!

Dexter - Thank you for bringing laughter to my day with this wonderful and funny hub.

Voted up and shared!


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learner365 4 years ago

Hi Dexter...Laughter indeed is a great thing and with an active sense of humor you can really stay healthy and happy.You have also rightly said that laughter helps in building relationships and unite people during stressful times.

I enjoyed reading this Hub.Very nice thoughts have been put into words by you.My vote up and awesome !!!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Sannel! Thank YOU for making MY day brighter!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Learner! Thank you so much. I always appreciate your kind and wise remarks.


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6hotfingers3 4 years ago

As the expression goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Your u-tube snip-its made me laugh. Your writeup reminded me to laugh a little more. Thanks for the great hub!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi 6hotfingers3! I am so happy you enjoyed it and caused you to laugh. Thank YOU!


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