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Laughter - The Best Medicine

Laughter is the Best Medicine!

Laughter really is the best remedy. It not only cures your blues, but studies show having a good laugh can not only brighten your day, but improve your overall health.

A new field called, Gelotology, is exploring the benefits and science of laughter. The study of “laughter” first became of serious interest after Norman Cousins published their best-selling, groundbreaking classic, Anatomy of an Illness. In the memoir, the patient takes reign of his illness by using humor to boost his body’s capacity for healing.

Cousins discovered that comedies like those of the Marx Brothers, helped him feel better and get some pain-free sleep.

Laughter has this effect on us because it encourages the pituitary gland to release pain-suppressing opiates.

Laughter brings people together in ways that initiate healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter accompanied by in-person communication can be a powerful way to alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, and conflict. It also helps people be more forgiving and less resentful. Laughter has the power to boost your immune system and reduce pain.

Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused and alert.

Laughter truly is the best medicine!… and good for your health too!


The other benefits of laughter include:

  • It lowers blood pressure
  • Increases vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
  • Helps burn calories. Laughter is a workout for the diaphragm and abdominal respiratory, facial, leg and back muscles
  • Reduces certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
  • Defends against respiratory infections – even reducing the frequency of colds – by increasing Immunoglobulin in salica
  • Improves alertness, creativity and memory
  • Increases the response of tumor and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
  • Strengthens relationships and brings you closer to others
  • Allows you to shift perspective and see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light

Laughter and a positive attitude are contagious. The more light hardheartedness you bring into your own life, the happier you and others around you will feel.