Benefits of Laughing


It’s true: laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. The health benefits of laughter include the reduction of stress hormones and blood pressure, as well as increased blood flow and oxygenation to the cells and organs. One of the best feelings in the world is the deep-rooted belly laugh. It can bring people together and establish amazing connections. Everything from a slight giggle to a side-splitting guffaw can change the temperature of a room from chilly unfamiliarity to a warm family-like atmosphere. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh.

There is already so much to love for laughter that it seems greedy to look for more, but that’s exactly what researchers Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California have done. Laughing is a celebration of the good and it’s also how we deal with the bad. Laughing, like crying, is a good way of eliminating toxins from the body. Since the mind and body are connected, you use an amazing amount of muscles when you laugh. Laughing provides a natural workout for a number of muscle groups, can defend against illness, and even increase the response of beneficial tumor and disease-killing cells throughout the body. Laughter has also been shown to increase memory, intelligence and creativity.

 “Within tears, find hidden laughter. Seek treasures amid ruins, sincere one.”  Rumi

Benefits of Laughing

Laughter is a natural response to stimuli that our individual personalities find funny, whether in the form of images, sounds, physical sensations or memories. Laughter indeed is a medicine for all. Its health benefits include reducing the release of stress hormones, improving the mood, enhancing creativity and many more.

  1. Laugh Reduces stress Hormones Laughter has been shown to reduce the levels of certainstress hormones in the body.  Although some of these chemicals are necessary for the body in certain situations, high levels without useful application can cause an imbalance in homeostasis and can have a behavioral impact.
  2. Laugher lower blood pressure. People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack. So grab the Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages, and enjoy your laughter medicine.
  3. Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  4. Live longer, In fact, among the 65-85 year-old study participants; those who were most optimistic were 55 percent less likely to die from all causes than the most pessimistic people.
  5. On the positive side of hormonal impact, laughter can also increase the number of beneficial hormones like endorphinsand neurotransmitters in the body.  An increase in neurotransmitters means that your brain is able to function faster, make connections more rapidly, and comprehend situations and problems at a higher rate.
  6. One of the benefits of laughter is that it can help you tone your abs. When you are laughing, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs.
  7. Boost our Immune system. Researchers have found that laughter actually boosts the immune system. Increasing the number of antibody-producing T cells. This then makes us less likely to get coughs and colds. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  8. It improves cardiac health. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace. So, laugh your heart into health.
  9. It is a Natural Exercise. The facial muscles are also exercised, the same as they would be when singing or enunciating strongly. Depending on your laughing style, and how physically engaged you become, you can work out your legs, back, shoulders and arm muscles as well.
  10. A good chortle has been found to reduce pain. Not only does it distract you from aches, but it releases feel good endorphin into your system that are more powerful than the same amount of morphine.
  11. A number of cancer survivors have used humor as a complementary therapy. Since laughter is linked toimproving natural killer cell activity, it can help increase disease resistance and decreased morbidity in those with cancer or other chronic diseases.
  12. It Reduces Depression. Laughter has long been known to help people who are suffering from the either SAD or full-blown depression.
  13. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over. 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.
  14. Laughing boost your Relationship. If you’re looking to find a new partner, then laughter will help you find a new mate.
  15. Increased oxygen levels in the brain promote healthier brain function, as oxygen is integral to brain health. Additionally, the pulmonaryactivity gets a boost from laughter as well, because there is a higher level of ventilation of the lungs during robust episodes of “mirthful laughter”.
  16. Laughter is contagious. So, if you bring more laughter into your life, you can most likely help others around you laugh more.
  17. Along with the improved brain function that laughter can provide, it can also work to improvememory in a different way.  The connections and associations that the brain forms while “learning” can be widened and made more complex by combining basic learning with an emotional response like laughter or humor.
  18. Laughter can increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative.
  19. Laughter burns calories. So it’s no replacement for going to the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories.
  20. Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.
  21. By improving overall brain health and bolstering its natural support system, both hemispheres can work together more efficiently so creativity has a place to foster and grow.

 “Laugh out loud, follow your heart and enjoy the little things.” Anonymous