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7 Benefits of Laughter

7 Benefits of Laughter

Laughter truly is the best medicine.  And, now science proves some of its many benefits.  Here are seven reasons to laugh longer, harder, and more often:

1.  In a recent study published in Geriatrics and Gerontology International, researchers found that laughter therapy reduced depression in the elderly patients they tested.

2.  The same study also found that laughter improved sleep quality and reduced insomnia.

3.  Laughter can reduce aches and pains for up to 45 minutes.  In a study published in the Spanish journal Revista de Enfermeria, researchers found laughter caused reductions in chronic musculoskeletal pain.

4.  Regular laughter improves the function of blood vessels while increasing blood flow, giving a boost to your cardiovascular health.

5.  According to experts, sharing laughter with others helps create deeper bonds with them.

6.  It is a proven stress-reliever, helping to reduce the cortisol-induced stress response.  When the stress response becomes chronic, it can spell belly fat and depleted the adrenal glands.

7.  Laughter gives the immune system a boost, helping to ward off infections.  Whether you’re fighting a cold or flu or even cancer, laughter is great medicine.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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1:23AM PST on Dec 10, 2013

The best and healthiest medication

7:10AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:34AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thank you for this great article. Have a happy day everyone!

9:31PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

my son used to ask me why I always seemed to laugh before I went to bed...I just felt better, but maybe it did help me get to sleep!

6:08PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013


7:49PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

laughter truly is great medicine.....

2:56AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

"If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide"
(Mahatma Gandhi)

5:20AM PST on Feb 7, 2013


6:55AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

great news

12:45AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

thanks for sharing

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