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The Benefits of Laughter

Updated on January 4, 2013

10 Reasons You Should Laugh More Often

You have probably heard that laughter is good for the soul and even for your health. Well here are 10 excellent reasons you should drop everything and laugh right now!


1. Laughter creates happy feelings:

Laughter releases endorphins which give a happy feeling. Depressed? Sad? Laughter may provide you with a temporary cure.

2. Laughter is attractive:

When you laugh, people are actually drawn to you. You appear happier and healthier.

3. Laughter defuses anger and tension:

Have you ever tried telling a joke in a tense situation? Try it! Laughing eases anger by giving a much needed break. It can also help you shift gears and see a situation with a fresh point of view.

4. Laughter is good for your heart:

Believe it or not, laughter increases your blood flow. This improves the health of your blood vessels, heart and overall cardiovascular system.

5. Laughter relieves stress:

Endorphins are also a natural stress reliever. Taking a break to laugh during your day can lessen the stress of your overall day.

6. Laughter reduces pain:

Laughter reduces pain: Laughing releases natural painkillers in your body. It really IS the best medicine!

7. Laughter strengthens relationships:

Laughing helps create and maintain bonds. Laughing with friends, family, coworkers and spouses insures your relationships will remain positive and enjoyable.

8. Laughter creates lasting memories:

If you think back, many of the memories you hold on to, are funny. Laughing means that you are having a good time and good times mean good memories.

9. Laughter is universal:

In my travels, I have always been surprised and over joyed by the universality of laughter. Driving in a cab in Cairo, Egypt, my driver and I bonded over laughter. We watched the crazy moves of other drivers and simply communicated through our laughter. No matter where you are, funny is funny.

10. Laughter is FREE!:

That’s right. There are still many free things you can do to enjoy your time. So laugh as much as you can as hard as you can TODAY!


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