15 Reasons Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine

September 19, 2016  |  
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You’ve heard that laughter is the best medicine, but, usually, you only hear that when your friends are trying to help you get over a heartbreak, the loss of a loved one, or some emotional pain. But did you know that laughter really can act as medicine on several parts of your body? There’s a reason it feels so good; laughter sets of a reaction of all sorts of chemicals and hormones in your body that make you feel less stressed and happier. So, maybe opt for more comedies when choosing a Netflix movie with your boo. Stop turning down your friend’s invitation to go to a standup comedy show. Invest more time in the funny memes and videos on Facebook, rather than in the drama and bickering. Laughter isn’t just a past time; it gives you health points. Here are reasons laughter really is the best medicine.

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It lowers blood pressure

Laughing can instantly lower blood pressure. This, of course, makes people feel calmer at the moment, and for a while after the laughter has subsided.
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Which can reduce chances of stroke

Keeping blood pressure at a healthy level can decrease one’s chances of a stroke, as well as cardiac events. Even those who start with a healthy blood pressure can boost their heart health by laughing a lot.
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It makes you feel less stress

Laughter reduces the levels of four stress hormones in the body! I bet you didn’t even know there were so many.
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Which reduces stress on the body

Stress really damages the immune system–it’s why so many people become sick around the holidays (when they’re worried about affording presents and vacations)…Laughter can boost the immune system.
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It’s an ab workout!

When you laugh, you contract and expand your ab muscles, which is like a workout for your tummy. If you hate situps, maybe you should just laugh more for flatter abs.
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And relaxing for the rest of your body

When you concentrate on flexing muscles in one area of the body–like your abs–you allow the muscles in other areas of your body to relax.
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It gets your heart pumping

Laughter gets your heart pumping, so it really can improve heart health.
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And burns calories

Laughing burns as many calories per hour as walking. Maybe you should add a Netflix standup special to your “workout routine.”
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It can fight a cold

Laughing activates things called t-cells, which can fight off viruses. So laughing can help you fight off a cold.
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And fight pain

Laughing, just like exercise, releases endorphins. Endorphins make it harder to feel pain.
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It might improve longevity

Some studies have found that people who laugh regularly, find the humor in bad situations and have a positive outlook might live longer than those who don’t.
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It helps with self-esteem

People respond positively to positive people. If you laugh and smile a lot, you’ll generally invite more positive interactions into your life than people who frown a lot. This can boost self-esteem!
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It reduces depression

Studies have found the laughter can help reduce depression for everyone, but particularly in elderly individuals.
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It helps send oxygen to your tissues

When you laugh, you take extra deep breaths. This helps send more oxygen to all of the tissues in your body, which will make you feel stronger and more alert.
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It can promote a healthy weight

The same study that found that laughter helps fight depression in the elderly suggests that it can also help fight obesity. Because laughter promotes positive self-esteem and a sense of well-being, it can help motivate people to make healthier decisions.

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