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Health Benefits of Laughing

Updated on January 4, 2013

Use Laughter As Medicine

People have been saying that laughter is the best medicine for years. There have been numerous studies done to support this claim. You may ask though why we laugh. We laugh to make us feel better and laughing can really benefit us. Laugh therapy is a real method to feel better. So now we are going to discuss the many health benefits to laughing. Below are some of the facts about laughing.

Facts About Laughing
Facts About Laughing

The Facts About Laughing

The Health Benefits of Laughter

Laughter Helps Reduce Stress

Reduced stress level is just one of the many health benefits of laughing. Laughter can help improve circulation, which can reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress. It also helps reduce the amount of cortisol and adrenaline in the body, which are also known as the stress hormones.

Laughter Helps Boost The Immune System

A good laugh can also help keep a person from becoming ill. Studies have shown that regular laughter can help increase the production of the t-cells, which are responsible for fighting infections and diseases.

Laughter Helps Relieve Pain

A good laugh may be more effective than a pain-killing medication. Laughter helps increase the production of hormones, which are the body's natural painkillers. It also helps increase a person's level of tolerance for pain.

Increased intelligence

Laughing on a regular basis can also help increase a person's memory and learning. There was a study done at the John Hopkins University Medical School. The results of the study were that students whose teacher used humor during the lecture scored higher on their tests.

Laugh Therapy
Laugh Therapy

Other Benefits To Laughing

Lose Weight, Relieve Depression, and Lower Your Blood Pressure

Helps Burn Calories

Laughing can also help a person lose weight. Studies have shown that people who laugh at least 15 minutes per day can burn an extra 40 calories. This can help a person lose four extra pounds per year. Additionally, laughing also helps provide a workout for the facial, abdominal, leg and back muscles.

Helps Relieve Depression

Depression is an extremely common illness that affects about 20 percent of the population. Because laugher helps the body release the feel good hormones, it can also help fight off depression.

Lower Blood Pressure

Studies have shown that laughter can help reduce blood pressure. A high level of resistance in the blood vessels is one of the things that contribute to high blood pressure. Laughter helps increase the blood vessels' ability to dilate (expand), which makes them less resistant. This can also help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Laughing Babies
Laughing Babies

Laughing Babies

Babies And Parents Laughing Together

Laughter not only benefits adults, but it also benefits babies. Babies who laugh on a regular basis have more endorphins. Endorphins help soothe the baby and makes it easier for him or her to cope with pain. Additionally, one minute of laughing is equal to doing 20 minutes of exercise for a baby. Being a parent can be very stressful at times. However, parents can help relieve their stress by laughing at and with their babies. Laughter also helps create a bond between the parent and the child.

Laughing on a regular basis is one of the simplest things that people can do to improve their health. Watching a funny movie, telling jokes and playing with one's baby are three things that people can do to get more laughter in their day. Reduced stress, lowered blood pressure, pain relief and increased intelligence are just a few of the many benefits that can be reaped from regular laughter.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I am Laughing right now!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Laughing is best thing. It has lot of health benefits. It is important for skin and prevents us from many skin problems. Laughing is good for beauty and it gives life lot of happiness.

      Personal Trainer Sydney

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      andradar 6 years ago

      All of this is absolute truth! A great topic and information!

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      lbuben 6 years ago

      Sometimes you have to laugh instead of crying! It can be therapeutic.

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      Zut Moon 6 years ago

      U MUST !!! Life has too many things to bring you down... we all need to laugh. Check out my lenses ... most of them are in that vein ....

      We are on the same page of the same book ...

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Extremely important to have a good laugh, I am always trying to make patients have a chuckle (usually at my expense).