ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Health»
  • Quality of Life & Wellness»
  • Personal Development

Laughter Is Still The Best Medicine

Updated on March 4, 2016
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 belongingness 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.

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.
  • 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

© 2013 Jemuel

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      ellehcar 7 months ago

      Loved it!!

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 9 months ago from sunny Florida

      Yes it is....have you seen the Robin Williams movie, Patch Adams? It is based on a true story ...a story of a doctor who spread laughter wherever he went.

      Great share.

      Angels are once again on the way. and keep smiling. ps

    • profile image

      visionshine.com 3 years ago

      Thank you for nice article. As they says, "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."

    • jemuelO profile image
      Author

      Jemuel 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You're welcome Thelma! Keep sharing joy and laughter to the people surrounding you. Be happy!

    • jemuelO profile image
      Author

      Jemuel 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You're welcome Thelma! Keep sharing joy and laughter to the people surrounding you. Be happy!

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      I love to laugh and spread laughter with the people around me. Sometimes my relatives think that I´m getting crazy because every now and then I do laughter yoga. Thanks for sharing the health benefits of laughter.

    • jemuelO profile image
      Author

      Jemuel 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Let's spread some laughter, cause life is too short to dwell on complicated and stressful things. Thank you Lisa Marie for pointing that out.

    • LisaMarie724 profile image

      Lisa Stover 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      This is a nice reminder for us, don't take life to seriously. Have a good laugh every now and then.

    • jemuelO profile image
      Author

      Jemuel 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you! I appreciate it, my friend.

    • KenDeanAgudo profile image

      Kenneth C Agudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      Wonderful =)

      The way it was written was impressive!

    • jemuelO profile image
      Author

      Jemuel 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Well and good Kathleen Kerswig, you really have found some benefits of humor and laughter. Laughter brings so many benefits, I'm still counting them right now, for the next days and the years after. They're really helpful during challenging situations.

      Keep it up! Don't forget to spread laughter.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • jemuelO profile image
      Author

      Jemuel 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You're welcome, RedSirenJulie! I always want to share the benefits of laughter cause I find them really helpful, most especially when we're into very tight situations. Laughter neutralizes the stress. I just hope that you can now find a way to laugh or just giggle in the midst of a very stressful situation.

      Best regards,

      jemuelO

    • profile image

      Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

      I just love to laugh. As the years go by, I appreciate it more and more. Thanks for sharing all of the other benefits that come with laughter. I have learned to see the humor in challenging situations and I'm happy to say that I can usually see the humor sooner rather than later these days. Voted up! Thanks for sharing.

    • RedSirenJulie profile image

      Julie Ritchie 4 years ago from East Sussex, UK

      Thank you for this, it lifted me up.

      Although I can be a bit of a stresshead and find it hard to laugh in some situations.