Laughter is the Best Medicine

Science has proven that a good sense of humor and the ability to laugh can be beneficial to you from physical, emotional and social aspects.


Laughter improves your emotional health.

Laughter triggers the brain’s emotional and reward centers, releasing dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins which regulate pain and stress and induce euphoria.

Laughter is linked to the normal function of blood vessels.

Laughter triggers the dilation or expansion of the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, called  the endothelium. Studies show that laughing may be important to maintain a healthy endothelium, and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Laughter plays an important role in social interaction and bonding.

A healthy sense of humor bonds friends and family and makes you more attractive to be around. Laughter has been around long before humans begun to use speech.

Laughter strengthens the immune system.

Stressful events in our everyday lives suppress the immune system. Laughter offsets stress and promotes the secretion of “feel good” hormones and biochemicals promoting wellness.

Laughter is beneficial to the respiratory system.

Laughter provides the fastest and easiest method of regulating breathing and flushing out the lungs of residual air and introducing fresh oxygen- rich air.  The deep breathing improves respiratory function.

Laughter lowers stress and anxiety levels.

Humor is part of an element of resilience. It can allow you to put everyday problems in perspective, increasing your coping capabilities in difficult situations. Laughing promotes a positive mood to cancel out negative emotions. Laughter is also highly contagious!


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