Laughter….proven to be healing

They are now teaching this in traditional medical schools!‏

HEALTH BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER Laughing makes people feel good and promotes wellness. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.  Various studies have shown how laughter infuses our blood and brain cells with fresh oxygen, to relieve stress and lower blood pressure, along with relieving pain and boosting the immune system.   Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.


  • lower blood pressure
  • help with chronic illnesses by boosting the immune system, increasing immunity to infections. (Humor appears to be beneficial for people with cancer or AIDS. )
  • natural killer cells that destroy viruses and tumors increase during a state of mirth.
  • trigger a myriad of pleasure-inducing chemicals in the brain (morphine like compounds that produce a sense of euphoria and lessen pain from degenerative disease.
  • activates disease destroying antibodies and T-cells, which bolster our immune systems.
  • relax muscles
  • reduce hormones that cause stress by shutting off the flow of stress hormones that are activated during times of stress, hostility and rage.
  • release tension, dispel worry and helps one relax
  • increase joy with a beneficial effect on overall well being.
  • help protect against a heart attack,
  • fight respiratory tract infections
  • give the same benefits as an aerobic work-out
  • causes gene changes that make Type II diabetes less severe, the conclusion of a recent study. (reduces blood sugar levels )
  • increases blood flow
  • improve mood

Some effects of laughter are still present the next day.

Psychotherapists are now using humor to treat patients with a variety of mental conditions, encouraging patients to laugh. Plans are for this to be taught in traditional medical schools. The result would be a super drug capable of treating everything from a bout with the blues to heart disease and cancer.

Relieving stress can be the key to staying healthy. Seventy percent of disease processes are directly related to stress,” Dr. Eric Penniman of the Marshfield Clinic’s Stettin Center said. “Laughter is the antithesis.”

Nothing  relieves stress better than laughter. Stress tends to trigger the release of hormones that depress the immune system. Stress hormones suppress the immune system, raise blood pressure and increase the number of sticky cells called platelets that can cause fatal obstructions in arteries. In contrast, laughter causes the body to produce endorphins, brain chemicals associated with feeling good.

Immunoglubulin-A or IGA, which fights respiratory tract infections is secreted from the eyes, in saliva and mucous becomes profuse when patients are exposed to something funny.

Mental stress is associated with impairment of the protective barrier lining our blood vessels. This can cause a series of inflammatory reactions that lead to fat and cholesterol build-up in the coronary arteries and ultimately to a heart attack.”

When people take everything too serious (getting mad or hostile as it turns into rage) adrenalin bombards the hearts forcing the organ to beat as if in a constant state of fight or flight.

“The doctors said she lived a few years longer” (because of her outlook.)
People who have been given a very short time to live due to illnesses such as advanced-stage colon cancer have lived for many years and attribute it to their choice of having a positive outlook as they try to find the humor in everything.

Research confirms what people have known for centuries about laughter’s vital role. “The saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ which comes from “A merry heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones (Proverbs 17:22)definitely appears to be true when it comes to protecting our health.


Children laugh about 400 times a day, on average while adults laugh only about 15 times.

Sure, it’s easy to laugh when things are going well, but it’s just as important to try to laugh when times are tough. Even forcing laughter can make one feel better. Youtube has great video to get in your needed laughs. Have some friends over and let everyone tell “my most embarrassing moment”.

LAUGHTER IN THE WORKPLACE Incorporating laughter into your work day can create enthusiasm, innovation and motivate productivity to peak performance while reducing job-related stress. 20 minutes of laughter exercise and the benefits last all day which helps to foster a happy and healthy workforce which makes for good teambuilding.

A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like Medicine!

Plus, laughter is free and has no side effects!

Update: Research has confirmed the role of laughter in healing. A study in Pediatric Anesthesia reported that using medical clowns for children undergoing surgery can “significantly alleviate pre-operative anxiety” when compared with no intervention, and is better than or similar to sedation medication.                                                                                                                                                             Washington’s Sibley Memorial Hospital’s “Laugh Cafe ” now  has a room where senior citizens go to tell jokes and laugh.



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15 Responses to Laughter….proven to be healing

  1. Jan B. says:

    Laughter has restorative powers unsurpassed by drugs according to Dr. George C. Friedman, an Atlanta -based endocrinologist. He shared how a patient who was convinced he had cancer changed his outlook all of his symptoms disappeared.
    New York family therapist Dr. Diane Constance says that good humor is as good for one’s married life as it is for one’s business life. The two work together. The more effective your are as a spouse the more effective you will be as an executive, salesperson, computer specialist or whatever, she says. A sense of humor makes one more relaxed and easier to get along with. People who lack a sense of humor tend to take life and themselves too seriously. This puts people off. A hearty laugh goes beyond the smile that sets everything straight.

    1. Increased endorphin levels, chemicals in the brain that make you feel happy
    2. Increased production of immune cells and antibodies
    3. Decreased levels of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine
    4. Improved memory
    5. A refreshing mental break that helps replenish mental resources.
    6. Strengthened social bonds.
    7. Increased intake of oxygen, which stimulates organs
    8.Reduced muscle tension
    9.Ability to better handle scary or stressful situations.

    Laughter is universal.

    Just google these two words to see for yourself: laughter benefits

  2. Jan B. says:

    This is the dad who is trying to change his daughter’s dirty diaper. See if you can watch without laughing.

  3. Dianna says:

    These will make you laugh.

    We love this one, not because it is funny but because it is comforting and sweet:

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  5. Heather says:

    Studies show the positive health benefits from a good, hearty laugh. There is a connection of health and humor. you can laugh yourself to better health and
    manage stress through humor
    “Stress related illnesses – ulcers, migraines, hypertension and depression – account for 70 to 80 percent of all doctor visits yet we often overlook the coping mechanism with which we have been naturally endowed – humor! Humor in Latin is the word ‘umor,’ which means flexible or fluid like water. Humor is actually a coping mechanism. It is resilience, a way to take what life gives you and roll with the punches.”

    “Several studies have shown that exposing people to humorous experiences significantly increases their ability to deal with pain. When you laugh, your brain releases endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers,”
    “Humor helps us cope with difficulties and gives us perspective. It momentarily removes us from the situation and allows us to look at the world a little differently. Much of the suffering we experience is not a result of our difficulties but how we view them. It is not so much the actual event that causes us pain as how we relate to it.”
    a few of the many benefits of laughter include reducing stress, increasing oxygenation and circulation, boosting the immune system and reducing pain.

    A day without laughter is a day wasted. – Charlie Chaplin”

    “Practice laughing at yourself- a bad haircut, or wearing two different shoes to work; the more you do it the easier it gets and the less the world bothers you.”

    watch or read something daily to really feel a good laugh
    …Reader’s Digest, newspaper comics, TV programs and funny YouTube videos as possible sources for a daily chuckle.

    Smiling increases one’s sense of well-being, so ‘at least half-smile,’ as youdo something routine as you get dressed, or half-smile as you empty the dishwasher or walk to get the mail, and notice that your face does relax a little, your shoulders lower as stress releases and notice the effects

    learn and tell jokes, dance at home to your favorite music, doing creative crafts and journaling about the good things that happen to you during the day. Sometimes just telling people to have some fun is a good prescription.

    laughter may also help others as it is contagious. However, it’s important to support laughter that’s positive and uplifting. Inappropriate humor, often at the expense of others, can do you more harm than good.
    King Solomon, known as the wisest man on earth at the time, wrote “there is a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”

    Excellent idea for widowed.

    The average four year old laughs 300 times a day. The average 40 year old? Only 4 times a day.

  6. Alice says:

    HUMOR MONTH- April is Humor Month – Founded in 1976 by author and humorist Larry Wilde, the original idea was to raise public awareness of the healthy benefits of happiness and laughter. According to many health care professionals, laughter can actually improve our health. Not only is laughing a lot of fun and good for you, it can be very contagious. So make it a point to have a positive effect not only on your own health, but on the health of those around you. Look for the humor in your daily life and spread it around. There is an endless supply out there, you can have as much of it as you like and it often doesn’t cost a thing!

    In the heart of the Blue Dome District in downtown Tulsa, The Comedy Parlor Theater and Training Center offers classes in improvisation and stand-up comedy. Every Sunday night, they host an open mic night that showcases their students of comedy.

  7. Taylor says:

    Observe the world. —and then make fun of it. Funny people have a knack for seeing things other people miss. They notice how people behave and what is great—or messed up—about the world around them.
    observing the small things: the odd inflection that your dentist uses when she gives you bad news, or how lame it is that you bought red, white and blue sparkling pants because you “can’t resist a sale!”

    Read the whole story here:

  8. Cindy says:

    Why Do We laugh?
    People may laugh for various reasons, such as if they like a joke, if they see their friend take an awkward tumble, or if they experience anything else that might tickle their funny bone.

    Studies have shown that laughing has been passed on to humans from our ancient primate ancestor. For our ancestors, laughter was a process of strengthening the bond between them. People laugh when they feel free and are comfortable with one another, so laughter definitely increases bonding between people, just as it did for our ancestors.

    Why is it Contagious?
    The way a person reacts to a sound is dependent on the brain’s premotor cortical region. This region is responsible for how the muscles in the face react to the corresponding sounds. University College of London conducted a study on certain volunteers where they played different sounds to them and measured their brain’s reaction to the sound.

    It was seen that responses were higher for positive sounds, such as laughing of the sound of triumph, and we much lower for negative sounds like screaming or retching. This suggests that humans are more susceptible to the sound of laughter as compared to negative sounds. This explains the reason for our involuntary smile when we see other people laughing.

    This natural response that we have to laughter is the reason why pre-recorded laughter is frequently put on sit-coms, as this increases the chance of inducing laughter from the audience. Laughter therapy also works on the same principle; when you see many people laughing, you involuntary end up laughing too!


    Now check out this video:

  9. Steve says:

    Laughter is the best medicine is not just a saying. It has a significant impact on your health, happiness, and self-confidence. Laughter is infectious, empowering, and a secret weapon that more people should utilize to increase self-esteem, strengthen relationships, and enhance overall mood and health. Studies have revealed that humor is a great way to cope with stress and other mental health–related issues. This natural stress-reducer has been related to improved health, increased life expectancy, and overall well-being.

    What does your laugh say about you? Check it out:

  10. Sunny says:

    Endorphin is nature’s pain relief. We need it to switch on and off so we don’t end up walking on a broken leg, for example. Find the right amount to push you through pain and promote wellbeing.

    -Laugh. A true belly laugh will ‘shake up’ your insides in a good way. Genuine laughing (which makes your face ache) is thought to release fear.
    -Cry. Holding back tears can build up tension, whereas if you let it go when you need to, it’s a physical relief from tension generally in the body, and especially in the diaphragm.
    -Exercise. But change it around, as working the same muscles leads to wear and tear or injury. Feeling uncoordinated is the point – ‘new’ movement is how you get the endorphin rush. Make it fun, so that you laugh at the same time.
    -Stretch. It’s a great way to boost circulation. Try a yoga or Pilates class, which will go even deeper. The idea is to stretch those muscles you never even knew you had.

    Read all:

  11. Rudy says:

    When we laugh,there is a decrease in stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline and dopac) and an increase in beta-endorphins (which lower feelings of depression) and human growth hormone (which helps protect us against disease and infection).

    Incredibly, the mere anticipation of laughing changes our body’s chemistry (when you’re driving to see a funny movie, for instance) [source: American Physiological Society].

    In fact, your brain will respond to laughter even if the laughter is faked!
    Laughter also prompts our bodies to produce more T-cells and globulins, which bolster our immune systems. And the type of positive mindset that enjoys a good laugh may keep you chuckling for years to come. People who report general feelings of happiness tend to be healthier overall and live longer than unhappy people.

    But can we laugh ourselves into shape?

    By lowering cortisol levels, we may be shedding belly fat as well, or at least issuing fewer orders to store a protective spare tire around our central organs. Cortisol is a dieter’s nightmare — it prompts us to eat (stress eating, anyone?), lowers our post-meal metabolism and then stashes the fat in our midsection. People who are otherwise skinny but who have extra belly fat have measurably higher levels of cortisol, so laughing may help you finish the job that your diet started.

  12. Rudy says:

    Laugh – A little laughter can go a long way to boost those feel-good chemicals in your brain. Studies are showing that even ‘fake’ laughter can alter chemical responses in the brain, too. An Oxford professor says it isn’t the intellectual act of laughter but the physical one that makes those endorphins flow. Smiling can do the same for you.

  13. Marian says:

    Endorphins are released in response to pain and stress and help to alleviate anxiety and depression. The surging “second wind” and euphoric “runners high” during and after a vigorous run are a result of endorphins. Similar to morphine, it acts as an analgesic and sedative, diminishing our perception of pain.
    Along with regular exercise, laughter is one of the easiest ways to induce endorphin release. Even the anticipation and expectation of laugher, e.g., attending a comedy show, increases levels of endorphins. Taking your sense of humor to work, forwarding that funny email, and finding several things to laugh at during the day is a great way to keep the doctor away.

    The most waster of all days is one without laughter. The world is like a mirror. You face it smiling, it smiles right back.

  14. Anna C. says: makes me laugh as do the ones by Roy D. Mercer:

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