5 Reasons Why Laughter is Good for You

Laughter. It's something free and intangible. It's passed around among friends. It's something inherently beautiful.  There's something innocent about laughter.  When people see other people laugh, it's usually a good sign.

In laughter, there are smiles, giggles, and chuckles. Laughter expresses happiness. It shows people that things are alright, even if it's just for the moment.

Laughter helps make the pain go away for a little bit. Some say it's the best kind of medicine. Here's why:
  • According to HelpGuide.org, "laughter triggers the release of endorphins..." which helps our bodies feel good physically and emotionally.
  • Laughter also boosts the immune system. WebMD states that "the ability to use humor may raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body and boost the levels of immune cells, as well." 
  • A study from the University of Maryland Medical Center indicated that laughter may prevent heart disease.  In their study, they found that "people with heart disease were 40 percent less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to people of the same age without heart disease."
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter can increase your personal satisfaction by making it easier to cope in difficult situations and helps you connect with others.
  • Melandie Winderlich, from Discovery, states that laughter can also decrease stress, provides a burst of exercise, positively impacts blood sugar levels, and energizes organs.  
There is always a time and place for grief and mourning, but without a doubt, there is always room for a little more laughter in the world. 

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References

"Laughter Is the Best Medicine." : The Health Benefits of Humor. HelpGuide.org. Web. 17 Aug. 2014. <http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm>.

"Stress Management." Stress Relief from Laughter? It's No Joke. Mayo Clinic, 23 July 2013. Web. 17 Aug. 2014. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044456>.

Griffin, R. Morgan. "Laughter: Good For Your Health - WebMD." WebMD. WebMD. Web. 17 Aug. 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter>.

Murray, Michelle. "Laughter Is the Best Medicine for Your Heart." University of Maryland Medical Center. 14 July 2009. Web. 17 Aug. 2014. <http://umm.edu/news-and-events/news-releases/2009/laughter-is-the-best-medicine-for-your-heart>.

Winderlich, Melanie. "10 Reasons Why Laughing Is Good for You : Discovery Channel."Discovery Channel. Web. 17 Aug. 2014. <http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/10-reasons-why-laughing-good-for-you.htm>.

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