Laughter is the Best Medicine

There have been a lot of research that prove that the older we get the less we laugh; in other words, the number of times we laugh in a day is considerably reduced with age. It is very difficult to realise when stress at work, health problems or even lack of sleep begin to define our lives and start leading us to a stressful life.

Stress does not only disturb us at a cognitive level (short temper, inability to concentrate, anxious and poor judgement) but also affects our physical health (aches and pains, frequent colds, loss of sex drive and chest pain). At this point, instead of thinking about problems, one should consider possible solutions with a calm mind. Think carefully, analyse your actual situation and evaluate if your problem is really that important, in 95% of all cases, there is always a solution.

Our main concern should not be the “actual problem” that is affecting us but the health consequences that a stressful life is causing to our well-being; probably one of the most accurate responses against stress and one of the best natural medicines is to laugh! It has been problem that “Laughter Therapy”, apart from being contagious, triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and the best remedy to combat stress.

Happy Friends(51638)Credit: Robin Harlow


No Prescription Needed

The best part of laughter therapy is that in many cases is FREE; you do not need to see your doctor or attend expensive seminars or consultations to enjoy a good laugh. You need to start bringing more humour into your life and the best way to do it, it’s to associate yourself with happy and positive people, remember than laugh is contagious so you will enjoy the benefits of spending time with your friends. There are many other opportunities to laugh, just to remind you:

  • Watch your favourite funny TV show.
  • Make new friends with funny people.
  • Try to recover the friendship of old forgotten friends, people that made you happy in the past.
  • Make some time to play with your baby (or a pet)
  • Try to tell a joke to your friends or family, they will start doing the same.
  • Do something silly like karaoke or a fun activity like bowling.
  • Smile at your neighbours.
  • Go to a comedy club.
  • Instead of reading a science fiction book, try to read a funny book.


Benefits of Laughter Therapy

  • Laugh is the best stress buster.
  • It helps to eliminate negative feelings such as depression, anger and jealousy.
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Ensures a quiet and calm mind
  • Increases endorphins in your body
  • It improves your sleep.
  • Improve the immune and circulatory system.
  • Enhance oxygen intake.
  • Releases boredom
  • Improves relationship (but try to laugh with your partner, not AT your partner)
  • Relaxes muscles throughout the body.
  • Improves our memory, creativity and alertness.
  • Laughter is equivalent to a small amount of exercise.


 Precaution of Laughter Therapy

  • It is contagious.


Repetitive laughter produces very similar health benefits than repetitive exercise; one research conducted by Dr Berk from the Loma Linda University’s Schools of Allied Health concluded that “The ultimate reality of this research is that laughter causes a wide variety of modulation and that the body’s response to repetitive laughter is similar to the effect of repetitive exercise. The value of the research is that it may provide for those who are health care providers with new insights and understandings, and thus further potential options for patients who cannot use physical activity to normalize or enhance their appetite.”[82]