laughterLaughter really is the best medicine.

I mean, we can see it all around us. People on their death beds often say they wish they had laughed more. Don’t be that person! We could all do with a bit more laughter… And you’re about to find out why!

Here are 6 Good Reasons to Laugh Everday:

Why Do We Laugh, Biologically?

Research suggests that laughter and humor help the human brain process conflict around us. The dopamine that is released in our brains when we find something funny makes us feel good. It releases tension, increases motivation, memory and attention and helps us process pain management.

So How, Exactly, Is Laughing Good For You?

Okay, so we all know that it feels good to laugh. When it comes down to the physical changes that occur in our brains, dopamine is released and can dissolve stress, relax and recharge us, and help relieve pain – a golden triangle of good feelings!

But, recent studies have shown that we might be healthier by laughing more often, too. It’s one of nature’s many medicines. And here are some reasons how…

1. Stress Reduction

As well as increasing dopamine and reducing stress, laughter also decreases the hormones which make us feel stressed in the first place: cortisol and epinephrine. These hormones also play a role in the immune system by making it less effective… So get rid of these nasties with a good dose of the giggles!

Talking of our immune systems…

2. Antibodies

Some studies have shown that the ability to use humour might be associated with higher levels of infection-busting antibodies in our bodies. In fact, there’s a whole field of study dedicated to this issue: psychoneuroimmunology. Don’t take my word for it – Google it!

3. Reducing Blood Pressure

There’s a reason that they call high blood pressure the “silent killer” – because most people don’t know they’ve got it. Laughter can help decrease it, and increase your lifespan. In fact, laughter is said to lower blood pressure as much as cutting out salt from your diet can… Awesome!

4. Increasing Blood Flow

Apparently, laughter causes the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels to dilate and expand, thus increasing blood flow. And if you don’t know it already, then take note: blood flow – your nutrient and oxygen delivery highway – is crucial for boosting your daily health and elevating your mood… So, increase yours today!

5. It’s A Workout!

When we laugh, we work out the muscles in our face and in our abdomen. And one minute of laughter is equal to about 10 minutes on the rowing machine… I know which one I’d prefer to do, don’t you?

And as if those weren’t good enough reasons for you…

6. It’s Attractive

It’s true – laughter makes you sexy! Smiling makes you appear more approachable and smiles and laughs are contagious, making others feel better too and making you more attractive to be around! This, in turn, will have a positive effect on your well-being. Double whammy!

So, why not create some more opportunities to laugh. If you need more laughter in your life, then seek it out! It’s something you won’t regret doing! Seek out a pet. Join a laughter yoga class. Watch a funny program. And if you can’t manage that, then fake it ‘til you make it; studies have shown that even if it’s forced, laughter still triggers the release of feel-good, healthy chemicals in the body!

The reality of modern life is this: stress will always be there. You can’t avoid it all the time. But, you can choose how to deal with it and laughter is an excellent and healthy way of coping with life’s ups and downs. So, get out there and put a smile on your face!

Lessons Learned:

  • Laughter is great for you, both physically and mentally.
  • Stress is unavoidable, but you can learn to cope with it better.
  • If you need more laughter in your life, then actively seek it out. Trust us – it’s not that hard!

Original Story:  April 6, 2015 by   on Collective Evolution:


About ahappyhibiscus

Hi, my name is Akiko and I am "A Happy Hibiscus". After losing my husband to cancer in 2008 and then my corporate electrical engineering job in 2013, I began to rethink life, question what we have been told to believe, seek my true passion, and discover “What makes me HAPPY ?” I found that I had been living a life where I was making choices based on FEAR of judgement instead of LOVE. I found that I was living a life of what my family, friends, society and the media wanted instead of what I wanted. This self awakening has made me into such a happier person. I also love hibiscus flowers and anything with a hibiscus pattern makes me happy. This is why the blog is named ahappyhibiscus. I started this blog so I can share what I have learned from on my path to self awareness and happiness. Please read, comment, and share so you can become "A Happy Hibiscus" too!
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  1. emmajeanlandry says:

    Laughter is a weird, yet beautiful thing. It’s strange to think that humans make these silly loud noises in response to something happy or positive. I think that this was a great post, I especially liked reasons five and six. I have to agree- those who smile and laugh often are more attractive!


  2. jessysriley says:

    I couldn’t agree more with this! Laughter is like food for the soul. Great article! They say that if you smile when you are talking on the phone, you will sound more friendly and open. I have used it and it works. 🙂

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  3. I love this. I believe laughter is one of the most important things we need in life! Great read 🙂


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