Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

There are jokes, funny stories, past mistakes, comedy shows and movies, funny faces – there are hundreds of things that can make us laugh. But why is laughing so important?

Well, laughter is medicine. The best drug on the market – it’s extremely affordable, readily available, and it’s fine if you’re hooked on it. But can laughing really truly improve our health?

Hara Marano of Psychology Today says that laughing reduces pain and discomfort, reduces blood sugar levels, and helps blood vessels function better. It helps the inside lining of the blood vessels to expand, which allows an increase in blood flow. This allows a greater flow of oxygen to the brain and heart. Laughter can even increase the amount of killer cells in your body – leading to a better immune system.

Laughter has even been shown to reduce allergic reactions and the symptoms of hay fever. This is because allergies are the body’s reaction to something that it believes to be bad, even if it may not be.  Because laughter has been shown to boost your immune system, some doctors believe that allergy symptoms are reduced due to the enhanced immunity.

Laughter not only can benefit our physical health, but our mental health as well. Laughter relieves anxiety, stress, and fear. In the New England Journal of Medicine, Rachel K. Sobel noted that laughter produces endorphins, which create a feeling of euphoria, or happiness. Laughing allows us to view our situation or outlook in a more positive way and thus increases our ability to think in a more logical manner.

Laughter can also help our social health. It improves your mood and the mood of those around you. This provides for a more comfortable work environment, home, classroom, and more.

So, what’s the moral of the story? Laugh more!