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Humor Increases Health: Have You Laughed Today?

        Close your eyes and think of the funniest recent memory you have with your friends, or even the hilarious scene from the latest comedy blockbuster. You feel your stomach curl and a smirk begin to form across face, then suddenly out roars an enormous chuckle that makes your abs crunch and your cheeks burn. Feels good doesn’t it? That’s because laughter is the quickest remedy to a gloomy morning or a tedious study session. There is a reason why we all love a good comedy TV show, movie, or book! It’s because laughing feels good. When you laugh, your laughter stimulates the brain which helps to improve your memory and mental stability. Humor is therapeutic and is in fact the world’s greatest medicine because it doesn’t come with any side effects. The best part? It is accessible at any time for free!

         But laughter doesn’t just improve you mentally and emotionally, it also does wonders for your physical health! According to various studies conducted on people in discomfort show that pain did not bother them much when they were laughing. Experts say that laughter is an effective distraction from pain such as headaches, back pains, and arthritis. Laughter also boosts your immune system which helps fight off common viruses, reduce your risk of heart disease and release endorphins that lower your level of stress hormones.

         But perhaps the most shocking revelation of why laughing is important is that it can actually help decrease your risk for diabetes. Yes, it’s true, 15 minutes of laughter every day can help lower your risk for the seventh leading cause of death in America. Diabetes has become a growing epidemic, affecting about 1.9 million people of ages 20 years or older in 2010 alone. According to, laughter is shown to lower your HDL (good cholesterol) which help control diabetes.

          For those of you reading this and thinking that there is no humor in your everyday life, you’re probably mistaken. Finding humor is actually easier than you think! Start off by lightening up. Don’t take yourself or others around you too seriously. Never be afraid to laugh at yourself and most importantly, find the humor in small things. Open your mind to an optimistic view of life. If something goes wrong, laugh it off! Everything in life has a solution so don’t sweat the small stuff.

        The best place to start is your workplace; no one is going to understand your stress and frustration better than your co-workers. Daily work conflicts make for great comedic relief material. If your co-workers just aren’t your cup of tea, you still don’t have to go very far to find humor. Chances are it’s literally at the tip of your fingertips. Thanks to websites like YouTube and Google you have access to all different types of humor. Let’s not forget our social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr which allow an instant connection with some of the funniest people on earth.

          However, if you have a great group of friends, laughter is an inevitable action. Every group of friends has a comedian, and some even have two! The main point is to surround yourself with people who make you happy. If you’re not a funny person, find yourself some friends with endless jokes and laughter. Create memories that will make you laugh even when they aren’t around. Humor and laughter are contagious, and it’s great to be surrounded by individuals who love to laugh. Also, it is advisable to spend less time with overly serious people. Humorous people take a positive view on life, thus they do not take things too seriously. They may influence your outlook and your comedic nature.

           Laughter creates an indescribably good feeling that allows you to live a happier and healthier life. It’s available anytime and anywhere, free of charge! Laughter is a terrible thing to waste and it is a small price to pay for a healthier and happier you. So, have you laughed today?



3 comments on “Humor Increases Health: Have You Laughed Today?

  1. Cyn
    September 9, 2011

    Great article Crystal! It had the double effect of informing me & making me smile! Proud of you!

  2. Kia
    September 9, 2011

    I loved this article. Even while reading it, I kept thinking about really funny scenario’s I have had in the past few weeks. Great article!

  3. KT
    September 9, 2011

    Best advice ever! im just going to relax from now on. laughing is better than getting mad anyways. Thanks for this! really informal.

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