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20+ Awesome Facts About Laughing (And Why You Should Do It More!)

20+ Awesome Facts About Laughing (And Why You Should Do It More!)

Have you laughed today? No, I don’t mean a sarcastic snicker, or texting LOL to a friend. I mean a real, lung–squeezing, belly-shaking, eye-watering, I-almost-peed-my-pants kind of laugh!

You might be surprised to learn that the simple act of laughing every now and then can do wonders for your health, both emotionally and physically. With cold and flu season just around the corner, you’ll be pleased to know that a hearty dose of laughter can boost your immune system, increase the number of virus-killing cells in your bloodstream, reduce stress related hormones, and enhance your mental functioning…all without taking a single vitamin or spending a minute on the treadmill!

There are other awesome benefits to laughing more as well: just hearing laughter helps put us in a good mood, creating a positive emotional climate in the home or office. Laughing signals to other humans that we’re interested in bonding, and enhances cooperation among large groups.

Basically, there are no downsides to laughter, and we should attempt to do it freely and more often! (Note: while laughing at your favorite sitcom or movie is better than nothing, the best quality laughter happens in the company of others. Go forth, and make someone laugh today!)

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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6:28PM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

My husband and I try to give each other a belly laugh every day!

9:27AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Thanks

11:59AM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

thanks

2:48AM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

Exercise. take your dog on a walk even if you don´t have a dog ;-) take a walk anyway.

2:46AM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

Laughing is the best cure against sickness and depression, okey pet are just as good too.

6:03AM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

The best medication and exercise

8:46PM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

:O) Laughing involves smiling...one of my favorite activities :O)

8:16PM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

My husband (of 37+ years) and I give each other a belly laugh every day!

5:05AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Thanks

1:47PM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

Love watching old slapstick comedy such as the Three Stooges. That gets the laughter rolling.

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