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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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2:01PM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Definitely gonna share on my wall!

8:16PM PST on Nov 23, 2013

I love to laugh.. to cause laughter, and to hear my children laughing :)

12:16PM PST on Nov 23, 2013

bahahaha!!!! Live, love, laugh! :D

7:49PM PST on Nov 22, 2013

All I can said is "Brava" & TU!

3:59PM PST on Nov 22, 2013

I love laughing where you just can't stop until you are crying from laughing. It doesn't happen often anymore but when it does it's so extreme. I wish it would happen tonight/now.
I am a silly person not a joke person.
Thank You!

2:42AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

Thank you :)

9:16PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Sometimes seeing the absurdity in a situation helps you find the humorous sides of things, and also helps put most things in perspective. Thanks.

7:14PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE.....

a study done in the 1990s showed that having humour/comedy options to read in doctor's waiting rooms improved the # of symptoms/complaints a patient had before they ever saw the doctor....

to laugh is to live...

1:46AM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Thank you :)

3:59AM PST on Nov 13, 2013

it has to be an active act to find humor. we laugh less when we become adults with our many responsibilities. there is always You Tube..Robin Williams is hilarious!!

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