Laughter lightens our troubles, inspires hope, and connects us to other people.  It can relieve stress, soothe tension, and brighten one’s mood, but it can also produce positive and beneficial physical and emotional changes in the body.  With the intake of oxygen, laughter can stimulate the heart, lungs, and muscles; it can stimulate blood circulation, increase the endorphins released by the brain to ease chronic pain, decrease the heart rate and blood pressure, and shut down the release of stress hormones, while triggering the production of dopamine which decreases stress and illnesses, and makes us feel good. 

Benefits of Laughter

  • Strengthens your immune system
  • Activates T-cells to help fight off illnesses
  • Increases your heart and respiratory health
  • Increases blood circulation and protects the heart
  • Reduces your blood pressure 
  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Relaxes muscles 
  • Enhances creativity
  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Eases the symptoms of depression
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Clears the mind
  • Improves memory
  • Helps to cope with difficult situations 
  • Improves mental health
  • Improves focus
  • Improves mood
  • Makes one feel good
  • Makes one feel happy
  • Produces a sense of well-being
  • Enhances quality of life

It is believed that people who have a positive attitude can fight off diseases more effectively than people who have a negative outlook on life.

Laughter Resources

6 Reasons Why Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter Meditation:  5 Healing Benefits and a 10 Minute Practice

Dr. Robert Puff’s Happiness Podcast