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Change Your Medicine to Laughter

Updated on February 21, 2012
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Valerie is pursuing a degree in Creative Writing and enjoys cooking, medical topics, flash fiction, fashion, culture, and politics.

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Take A Page From A Child's Book

Ever say to yourself, "Kids are so happy, they don't have to worry about work or bills or anything like that!" Well, it's true that children don't have the same stresses we do as adults. Life experiences at their age consist of playing and learning; which can also be fun.

Did you ever notice how kids who are really sick or severely handicapped seem to handle illness much better than adults? They are truly amazing little people, so much so that I think adults need to take a page from their book.

One thing you will usually always see a child doing is smiling and laughing. It's very natural to them even in the most awkward situations. As an adult, we have to learn to laugh more. We take life so seriously that we forget to love ourselves and just be happy. The stress of worrying about money, jobs, bills, kids, health and so on, can wreak havoc on your own health. It raises your blood pressure, makes you depressed and can impact your personal, work and social relationships.

Most people like to go out to clubs or wind down after work with a drink, Isn't funny how all the ads that show people drinking depict them as laughing or happy?

(Shame on you alcohol companies.)

Drinking & Having Fun

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Even though we are laughing it up with our friends over a drink or two, we are actually damaging our bodies at the same time. Kidney problems, liver problems, even heart conditions can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Not to mention the stress on one's family, issues with work, etc.

No, the kind of laughter I'm referring to is drug and alcohol free. It doesn't cost you a dime, can be spread easily to others and you will never run out of it. You don't need a prescription or insurance or need to wreak havoc on your body for it.

Advantages of Laughter

  • Helps to relieve stress
  • Improves your disposition (mood)
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Is contagious
  • Makes you forget about pain
  • Strengthens your relationships
  • Gives you energy
  • Helps resolve conflicts
  • Releases natural "feel-good" chemicals in your body
There is scientific proof that laughter helps protect your heart, relieves stress, relaxes your muscles and just plain makes you feel good. Let's start laughing right now. Spread the laugh and therefore spread the love.

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Laughter as Therapy

Cancer Treatment Centers of America actually offer Laughter Therapy for cancer patients. Hospitals offer Laugh Clinics for children who are uneasy about an exam or procedure. Think this is made up? No way! It's true. 

Research is constantly going about the health benefits of laughter. Hey, you just can't beat that kind of medicine. It's built into you naturally, for goodness sake! Need some more help?

Dr. Katherine Puckett, National Director of Mind-Body Medicine at CTCA, holds a group session in laughter therapy for patients at Midwestern Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Katherine Puckett, National Director of Mind-Body Medicine at CTCA, holds a group session in laughter therapy for patients at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. | Source

Everybody's Laughing! Why Aren't You?

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Have A Laugh!

Young and old, alone or with others; all nationalities and genders...people are laughing. Why don't you change you medicine today. Lower your blood pressure, decrease your stress level, brighten your mood. Have a laugh on me!

OMG!!

Wet, Wild & Funny!!

Comments--Did You Laugh???

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    • passionate77 profile image

      passionate77 

      7 years ago

      love your hub and love the message hidden in it, laughter itself is a great cure you are absolutely right, we all need it to get an escape from the worries and tensions of our daily life. liked and enjoyed reading your hub, million blessings to you dear for sharing such a nice post!

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      butterflystar 

      9 years ago

      Awesome !

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      momster 

      9 years ago

      I love a good laugh. Whether it is a comedy, movie, or short videos. I like to watch the kids do silly things and I get a laugh out of that. It is a great feeling when you can laugh with everyone. Great Hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      9 years ago

      I do agree with you that laughter will make you live a healthier life. It feels so good to enjoy life in this way. Love your tips on why laughter is like medicine in helping you to live well.

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      Valerie Washington 

      9 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      I'm so happy to know I brightened your day. Thanks so much for commenting!

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      Christina Lornemark 

      9 years ago from Sweden

      I love this hub! There can never be to much laughter around us and it is contagious! Thanks for the reminder and the laugh, it made my afternoon happier! The videos are great, voted up,

      Tina

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      Valerie Washington 

      9 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Thanks so much Happerboomernurse!! I set out to spread laughter and it is definitely working!! Be sure to share with others. Everyone needs a laugh!!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub with wonderful advice. Laughter is definitely the best medicine and I was laughing my head off at some of these videos! Thanks for sharing this.

      Voted up across the board.

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      suhana16 

      9 years ago from Delhi

      wow , really very useful for all of us. Thanks for shearing :)

    • stayingalivemoma profile imageAUTHOR

      Valerie Washington 

      9 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Thanks a bunch! Spread the laughs!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      9 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome. The videos, fun, fun, fun, , , ,smile. Thanks for sharing stayingalivemom, and the gift too - ideas!!

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      Tara Carbery 

      9 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      So so true! There's truly nothing quite like having a good laugh. Laughing till the tears come down! The topic of my hubs are quite serious mainly and i've decided to lighten the tone a bit and share some funny stuff. It's quite therapeutic! Great hub!

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      Valerie Washington 

      9 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Spread the laughter = spread the love!!

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      Xenonlit 

      9 years ago

      I liked the last video too! And your hub rings true, I would be dead if it were not for laughter.

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      Valerie Washington 

      9 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      For sure! I think I like the last video the best!

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      PADDYBOY60 

      9 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      I knew there was a reason, that I like to make people laugh. Very nice hub. Laughter is the best medicine.

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      instantlyfamily 

      10 years ago

      AWESOME! I am voting UP.

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      Valerie Washington 

      10 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      I think I 've seen that commercial before. Not sure. There are definitely some great commercials out there that have me falling out my chair in tears. Especially during SuperBowl time! Thanks for commenting!

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      PeanutButterWine 

      10 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      For some reason I can't get the vision of a commercial I saw recently of a very dry sarcastic woman explaining why she so darn happy wben suffering from Pms and having her period just like the tampn commercials. How having her period really makes her want to jump up and dance with her friends...! Hilarious...very much agree humor is the best medicine!

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      Micheal 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      hiya stayingalivemoma well you sure put a smile on my face and made me laugh.

      That duck lol what a character.

      Brilliant hub on a very important topic. We all need to have a good laugh. It does us all a world of good.

      Voted UP UIAF almost a clean sweep. Ah what the heck B too. Thanks.

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      Valerie Washington 

      10 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      See? Laughter really is the BEST medicine! Come on hubbers!! Have a laugh with us and make your day brighter!

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      Sneha Sunny 

      10 years ago from India

      yes I did felt better.... I was needing it.... The things are not going well here with me...so I was kind of sad...... Your hub did its job...by making me laugh... :-)

    • stayingalivemoma profile imageAUTHOR

      Valerie Washington 

      10 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Everybody needs a good laugh. Didn't you feel better afterwards?

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      Sneha Sunny 

      10 years ago from India

      Yes I did laughed....OMG thanks for the good laugh.... I loved the videos.... Following you too here and also on twitter.. :-)

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