Laughter Is The Best Medicine

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2010-03-12 20:10:18 -0600
Started 2010-03-11 11:22:47 -0600

Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. In addition to the domino effect of joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.
In This Article:
Laughter is strong medicine
Laughter and emotional health
Social benefits of laughter
Bringing more laughter into your life
Developing your sense of humor
Using humor to overcome challenges
Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body

“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”

~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.
Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

Laughter is good for your health
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

10 replies

susiemaeemily 2010-03-12 20:10:18 -0600 Report

I think you are right. When I was working we used to laugh a lot I quess to break the tension. I have since retired and do independent contract work, and I am a little isolated. It is not is stressful, but my numbers are not as good. I was actually thinking of going to a comedy club. I think I will.

Justice 2010-03-11 15:10:28 -0600 Report

Thanks Richard I do agree laughter really is the best medicine with everything going on with us physically and mentally its good to get a good laugh out everyday.

Harlen 2010-03-11 14:44:18 -0600 Report

Life is funny you just got to open your eyes and look.
My grand baby came to me and sed she was mad at me,I asked why she sed I was not doing my job .O I sed how is that she sed that I dont get her every thing she wonts and thats my job.
I think I peed myself. lol lol lol lol

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