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Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

Updated on February 1, 2018
How can you not laugh back!?
How can you not laugh back!? | Source

What is laughter?

laughter [laf-ter,lahf-]noun1. the action or sound of laughing inner quality, mood, disposition, etc.,suggestive of laughter; mirthfulness expression or appearance of merriment or amusement 4.Archaic. an object of laughter; subject or matter for amusement

I love to laugh. I usually find something to laugh about everyday. When I see people laughing, I have a desire to join in, even when I have no idea what they are laughing about. It's only after we are all laughed out that I'll ask why it was we were laughing. It feels so good to laugh so why are we so often told to stifle it? I understand that not all places or times are appropriate. And I understand that we should never laugh at the expense of someone else. But some good, healthy laughter? What's the harm really? I remember when I was young, laughing during services or school when we were supposed to be quiet. It was so hard not to laugh. It was so, so hard to be solemn and still. I also remember as my children were growing up, they would giggle at the most inappropriate times. I would try to be stern but usually I would end up giggling along with them. Many arguments have been diffused by a little mirth!

Do you know how healthy Laughter is for you?

Laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the body. It can lessen your pain, boost your immunity system and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. It can lower your blood pressure and raise your energy level. You can get the same benefits from laughing 100 times a day as you can from 10 minutes of rowing. Just 15 minutes of laughter a day can burn up to 40 calories! That is conceivably one to four pounds a year. That may not sound like a lot but it really is. Imagine yourself 15 to 20 pounds thinner. Nice, huh? And you didn't have to join a gym or even change your clothes to do it. In fact, you had fun. 15 minutes of laughter is equal to the benefits of 2 hours sleep.Laughing for 15 seconds adds 2 days to your life span. So laugh away. It's contagious and you'll live longer!

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Laughter begins at Home

The family that plays together stays together. I have several friends and acquaintances who complain that their teen age children don't like to be home. My kids and I enjoy spending time with each other. They ask me what is different in my home than in theirs. I'm not really sure. I don't think I am a better parent then they are. In fact, they have many skills that I would like to emulate. I do think that we laugh a lot in our home. Not malicious laughter, at someone else's expense but real, genuine laughter. the comfortable kind that comes with knowing the people you are with and knowing what makes them smile. We spend our time around the dinner table telling funny anecdotes and stories about our day. I often find myself filing away a particularly amusing story to share with them when I get home.

Fun facts about laughter

1.We are 30 more times likely to laugh in a social situation than when alone

2. T.he speaker tends to laugh more than the audience

3.In groups, women laugh more than men. Women also laugh more at men than men do at women.

4.Most people can't laugh on command. We cannot produce it consciously.

5.Laughter usually doesn't interrupt a sentence structure of speech. We really only laugh during pauses.

Fun and funny hubs

for some good belly laughs, I've included a few of my favorite hubbers!

epiggramman Miss-bee-have

billybuc Weird Guinness World Records Part 2

madhatter99 Dump that Man!!!

rutley Mortifying Part Two...Tooting at the annual OBGYN exam

More reasons to laugh

Laughter helps you bond with other people. When we laugh, we usually talk more, make more eye contact and do more things that help us connect with others.Laughter also lessens tension. It's hard to feel angry, tense or anxious when you are laughing. It encourages concentration on "right" attitudes rather than "wrong" attitudes. Laughter can cause positive changes in brain chemistry by releasing endorphins and it brings more oxygen into the body with the deeper inhalations. So laugh.... enjoy....make new friends! You'll live longer and enjoy doing it!

So laugh. Laugh out loud. Laugh out strong. Laugh with your friends, your family, the guy in line behind you at the grocery store. Laugh with your coworkers, your customers, your pets. The benefits are worth it and the happiness you share will be all that matters.

Who remembers this?!


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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, word55 and welcome to my hub! You are right, we all spend a lot of time laughing at ourselves and others. As long as it is not at the expense of others, it can be great! Your comments are much appreciated!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Anil and Honey! Nice to see you here!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I know what you mean, Mary! I love seeing and hearing people in movie theaters really enjoying a show. Children are the best at infecious laughter. They don't hold back as tend to do. Thank you so much for your votes!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Au Fait, I couldn't agree more. Laughing makes everything that much better! I'm even one of those "laugh through my tears" kind of person. Thank you so much for your votes and share! Much appreciated!

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      Word 4 years ago from Chicago

      Great hub on the depth of laughter out loud. I love to laugh but usually it is at something that I did or did with someone else. When around my closest friends would laugh at each other. It's good to make time every day to be with someone or people that you can laugh with and or at, seriously, with anyone one getting upset or offended except, if it is embarrassing, I guess . LOL!

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      Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

      Yes, laughing is a good and not expensive medicine, that will change (improve)our mental and physical capacity, thanks

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I envy people who can really laugh out loud. I have some friends who can do this, and I love to be around them because they make me laugh. I'm more of a giggler!

      Great Hub. Voted UP, etc.etc.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Laughter is literally good for the heart and the soul. Great medicine and exercise.

      I can in fact laugh uproariously on command (much of the time) and do that with my students sometimes. They love it and in short order we are all laughing like crazy and none of us knows why! At each other laughing I guess.

      Wonderful hub that everyone should take seriously and have a good laugh. :) Voted up, useful, interesting, and will share with my followers.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, healtheealthmusic! Laughter should be a requirement! -I appreciate the vote up and look forward to reading your hubs!

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      Ruth R. Martin 5 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      I am a 100% believer in laughter :D One of our favorite ways to laugh is to watch funny videos or movies, and play with our puppy. Great hub & topic, voted up!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Vicki and welcome! Laughing is important. I have never been too much of a laugh out louder but I love it when I hear people chuckling on a plane! It makes me want to get to know them!

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      Vickiw 5 years ago

      I so agree with you. Laughter is so very important! I facilitate a bereavement group each week, and you would think that is a miserable thing to do, but the participants have lovely big belly laughs all the time. They say it is their favourite time, because it is about the only time they do laugh like this. It is definitely easier to have huge laughs when you have like-minded people, although I have been known to embarrass myself if I read a Bill Bryson book in a plane. Enjoyed your Hub - needless to say.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Rob Winters for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I agree, most of the more memorable moments in our lives include laughter!

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      Rob Winters 5 years ago

      Definitely a good and positive message here bt.You only have to observe your reaction to a baby or young child laughing heartily to know how right it is.It never fails to move me so i'm forever tickling my kids :)

      It can also be quite enjoyable to feel compelled to stifle laughter.I can vividly remember this when i was in school and trying not to get caught laughing by a particularly strict teacher :)

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      @ImKarn23, thank you, can't agree more with the diet and water analagy. Seems like a no-brainer, yet..... Thank you so much for your great comments and for sharing!

      @fpherj48, thank you so much for reading my hub and your generous comments and votes. It's nice to meet you! I look forward to reading yours!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I love this! Voted up and all the extras. I could not agree with you more.

      Laughter is all you have written and more. I cannot imagine a day without some fun and laughter, here and there. It's truly as vital as breathing. I come from a long line of happy....laughing...loving people!

      Thanks for this great hub!.........UP++++

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      There are sooo many healthy benefits to smiling and laughing - AND - it's

      it is sadly underused..(frown..)

      it kinda reminds me of water and dieting - it does so much good and yet - people who want to lose weight don't drink

      what a lovely couple!

      sharing with the hub-munity, Randi..

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you! Funny, isn't it or should I say ironic that you were the first to call it funny! Thank you for reading and voting!

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      Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Well.. I must say no one had marked it as "funny".. useful yes.. I agree, but I went with "funny".. just to stay on topic! Thanks for a chuckle and a lot of good information!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Billybuc! I really appreciate the share and having you back here!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know I've been here before, but I like the message. Sharing with my Facebook groups. Good job Randi!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you! I was just kidding! I'm not even Bell any more! Going for my first cup now!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...yes you are the Better Bell.....and please have a safe trip.

      sending you godspeed and good wishes from lake erie time 10:18am with first cup of coffee

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      agreed, agreed! Couldn't appreciate one without the other. Life would be gray and dull. You may be the epi-man but I am the better bell! Thanks for visiting. Have a lovely night! Tonight I am signing off from Az mountain time...tomorrow, I will be Chicago, central time

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...yes laughter surely makes the world go round - I should know - I am the epi-man - lol.

      Nice to have the balance in life though - what would be laughter and joy be without the tears and the sorrow - and yes isn't that the yin and yang in life - love your attitude and your open mind - the key to enlightenment! sending warm wishes from lake erie time 1:30am and I am signing off for the night while listening to the divine Sarah - aka Sarah Vaughan.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you coffeegginmyrice! I agree, laughter is necessary. You have a wonderful sense of humour in your writing. It is relaxing and enjoyable!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      There are so many things and matters that makes the world go round and LAUGHTER is one! Like it is just hard for me to think straight and be actually serious in my articles, I don't know, but I find it easy to inject a little humour inbetween the lines (most times), except for gloomy poetry because these are reflected through my moods, but I always carry a poem out with a twist of a happy touch at the end to wipe a gloomy face away.

      Good topic, btrbell! Cheers always!

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      I have never met a person that does not enjoy a good laugh. My kids are so used to see me making jokes and physical comedy. Now they expected. I cant be too serious. Is bad for my liver. Laughter is a gift that is best enjoyed unwrapped! Great hub Dear.

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Laughing is one of my favorite things to do! I love this hub. : )

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thanks for reading! I hope that for you, as well Audrey!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      lol! @PHILLYDREAMER I laugh all the time and still not working! Thanks for reading!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      If this is all true, then I am hoping that my husband and I will grow into the picture that you have of the older couple in this hub!!!

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Wow! I really should laugh more if it can help me lose weight.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      at kids always did the same. It became even more interesting when they got older. Thank you for reading!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, catgypsy. Those are the times we remember. Not what was said or done....just how we enjoyed them. When I think back on my younger self, I remember the feelings more than the exact happenings!

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      How true! If I couldn't laugh, I'd die! And the best times are when you start laughing at something that you really don't understand why it's so funny and can't quit...your eyes water, your sides hurt. There is so much healing in laughter. Great hub!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Carol, thank you, thank you, thank you! How very happy it makes me that you enjoyed my hub and shared.

      SusieHQ Thank you so much. It's so funny. I thought about the muscles right after I published it! Thank you for stopping by!

      KateMcBride. Thank you for reading! I didn't realize all those benefits either until I started researching it!

      rcrumple Thank you for stopping by and for your fun words. Thanks for the little secrets! Who knew!

      Mhatter Thank you so much. A coat hanger? You must have been such a comfort to those people. I wonder though, with all the difficult things that you have to do, if you receive the same.

      thelyricwriter. Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind words. I truly agree with the benefits.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      You are right on this one. Interesting to learn all the benefits of laughter. Just as they say, it is a great medicine. Laughter has amazing power on the soul and can honestly add time to one's life. Very good job on this one. Voted up, useful, and awesome. Best wishes.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for the mention. Yes I'm a laugher, But I go to bed with a coat hanger in my mouth. Seriously, from 1994 till 2010, I used to make "sick visits" for the masons. Some people attribute healing power to my good humor. funny for a man who has officiated at 247 funerals since 1999.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Randi - Laughter is golden! If more people in the world were laughing, they'd see how crazy it would be to do anything else! Oh, and the reason more women laugh at men than men at women is because men are usually too busy drooling and don't want to bite their tongues! It's true, it's true! Great Hub!

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      Sommer Dalton 5 years ago

      Loved this hub ! My kids make me laugh weekly at not so appropriate times:), voted up plus 3!

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      Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      I never knew laughter had so many health benefits until I read this hub.Voted it up and interesting.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi btrbell,

      What a lovely cheery hub! Laughter is the best medicine and it takes more muscles to frown than smile . . . . and smiles can lead to laughter . . . has to be a good thing!! Great observations here, like your style! Voted up, useful and interesting!!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I think I need to laugh. Great hub and for weight watchers..they should start laughing immediately. I laugh a lot ..And you do feel good when you laugh. And it is cooling off in Arizona and that is a good thing. I am going to bookmark, vote up and share...It is that good.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you both CriSp and billybuc, 2 of my faithful supporters! I do hope this makes Monday a little brighter. Mine started off so-so but I came home, wrote this hub and realized, it's all good! Have a lovely day!

      And, billybuc, so glad there is laughter in your life now. I know you had a rough time but I am so glad you've found what you needed

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are preaching to the choir with this one; I can't imagine life without laughter....oh, wait, yes I can.....twenty years ago there was no laughter in my life. Well, now there is, and I'm not returning to those dark days. Thanks for the great reminder.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Laughing at you like a devils laugh....bwahahah!!! Wait, for what? Oh, for the great stuff to overcome Monday blues. That's it!

      Thanks for a delightful hub btrbell.


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