ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Laughter Is Still The Best Medicine

Updated on November 22, 2020
jemuelO profile image

Jemuel is an electronics engineer, software engineer and author of articles about electronics, technology, personal development and finance.

Laughing with others eases pain, study says.
Laughing with others eases pain, study says. | Source

Shared Laughter

Share your jokes and stories to your family and friends. Spread the fun and laughter.
Share your jokes and stories to your family and friends. Spread the fun and laughter. | Source

Laugh more so you will live more

Laughter is often tagged as the best medicine. It reduces stress, sharpens memory and makes your heart healthy. It can also make you feel better and keeps you going after a big downfall. A little fun brought by experiences, stories and jokes can lead to a more positive approach in every situations. We become more relaxed and optimistic even under critical conditions. By simply laughing, we can get the benefits of joy and social interaction. We develop a sense of attachment and acceptance which would make us feel valuable, contented and happy in our lives.

Laughter is contagious. You better spread it!

The ability to laugh is already built in to our system and we use it during the times that we are simply happy and we want to express it. Research shows that laughter is highly contagious. Yes, it can spread from one person to another. This means that more people will become healthier and happier every time you crack that funny joke with your friends, family and colleagues. When we see someone laugh, our brain seems to activate mirror neurons that send us into the same fit of laughter. This is the reason why we tend to laugh even more when we are in a group of people with excellent sense of humor. Isn't it good to spread happiness in our own little ways?

A good giggle lowers blood pressure

Reduce the risk of hypertension by simply laughing and having a good disposition.
Reduce the risk of hypertension by simply laughing and having a good disposition. | Source

Benefits of laughter

Humor and laughter can bring you plenty of benefits. Here are some things you might want to know about giggling.

A good giggle helps you:

  • Burn extra calories - Laughing for about 10 to 15 minutes increases your heart rate by 10% - 20%, which means you can burn extra calories a day and even burn more over a year. So, if you are conscious with your figure or trying to lose some weight, then the easiest way to do is to laugh.
  • Ease pain effectively - In a US study, experts found out that children tolerated pain better than usual after watching a funny TV program. This is due to the fact that laughter helps the pituitary gland release its own pain-suppressing hormones.
  • Defend against infections - Humor increases the production and effectiveness of natural killer cells that stomps out germs. These cells are elevated for at least 12 hours of watching a comedy film or a funny sitcom. So go ahead, and watch happy movies with your family and friends.
  • Reduce stress hormones - Research shows that the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are reduced every time we laugh. Individuals who tend to laugh amidst life's difficulties tend to manage the situation properly. Laughter can be very helpful in stress management.
  • Lowers your blood pressure - Laughter makes us feel calmed and relaxed. It can help reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke in the long run.
  • Improve alertness and sharpens memory - Based on a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores. Students who laughed more than the others got high scores. The researchers also discovered that these students also improved their alertness toward the said program.

  • Increase blood flow and oxygenation of the blood - Laughing improves blood circulation in your body. An increased blood circulation improves oxygen rich blood flow to extremities and other vital organs. Having an increase in blood flow and circulation to areas of your body helps promote cell growth and organ function. Your skin will become healthier with improved blood circulation.

Laughter brings several benefits to our health. It can even help us face life's battle by reducing the stress on it.

So let’s laugh and live healthier.

Tell us your favorite funny story and let's spread the laughter.

Did you find this helpful?

See results

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Jemuel


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)