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Laughter Is The Best Medicine: How Humor Improves Our Health

Medical Daily logo Medical Daily 12/8/2019 Jan Cortes

Laughter is the best medicine.

That’s a line thrown around a lot these days, and if you share a quick laugh with someone, you’ll easily know why. In fact, it’s not just the best medicine. It's also a very strong one. Nothing can draw people together quite like the way it does, triggering both healthy physical and emotional changes in our body.

It can help lighten our burdens, connect us with others, keep us grounded, boost our mood, diminish pain, strengthen our immune system and even protect us from the long-lasting effects of stress.

As adults however, we tend to laugh a bit less and generally take life more seriously. But even in laughter, a little goes a long way. Here are some reasons for you to laugh more:

  1. Laughter boosts our immune system – Laughter can decrease our cortisol levels while also increasing our immune cells and antibodies, making our resistance to disease much stronger.
  2. Laughter protects our heart – Laughing can also help you improve your blood vessel function and blood flow, therefore improving your ability to fight off heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.
  3. Laughter relaxes us – It can also relieve physical tension and stress, even leaving our muscles relaxed for as long as 45 minutes.
  4. Laughter triggers endorphin release – As our body’s natural feel-good chemical, endorphins can promote our sense of well-being, even temporarily relieve pain.
  5. Laughter can help burn calories – Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can skip gym all the time. Still, laughing for around 10-15 minutes a day can burn up to 40 calories, not bad for something you can do all the time easily.
  6. Laughter can lighten your anger – Laughter can also make you see the lighter side of things and can help ease your anger. Laughing can also help you see a better perspective, with a better mood and disposition to boot.
  7. Laughter can help you live longer – Per a previous study, those who laughed more tend to outlive those who didn’t. The difference is mostly notable for those who are fighting cancer.
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