Laughter is the Best Medicine

Whether you’re guiltily guffawing at an episode of “Family Guy” or quietly giggling at a joke told by a friend, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke. Medically speaking,  laughter helps the pituitary gland release its own pain-suppressing opiates.

What can laughter do?:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
  • Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
  • Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
  • Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
  • Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
  • Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
  • Improve alertness, creativity, and memory

Overall, laughter is the best medicine. Go ahead and give it a try. Turn the corners of your mouth up into a smile and then give a laugh, even if it feels a little forced. Once you’ve had your chuckle, take stock of how you’re feeling. Are your muscles a little less tense? Do you feel more relaxed or buoyant? That’s the natural wonder of laughing at work.

Don’t forget to checkout a list of comedians who makes a living at making you laugh.  Enjoy!

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