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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181 comments

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoni2 years ago

Thanks

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Melissa DogLover
Melissa D2 years ago

Awesome-- TY for sharing!!!

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Bonnie Bowen
Bonnie Bowen2 years ago

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

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Alvin King
Alvin King2 years ago

Thanks

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Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga2 years ago

thanks

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Anita B.
Anita B2 years ago

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

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Anita B.
Anita B2 years ago

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

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Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

The best medication and exercise

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Roxana Saez
Roxana Saez2 years ago

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

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