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The science behind laughter, the BEST medicine

We've all heard the expression "Laughter is the best medicine."  But did you know that there is really scientific evidence to explain it?  It really is fascinating.  Here are some of the facts about laughter that explain why it really does help with chronic pain and other illnesses.









Immune system booster:
  by increasing immune cells and antibodies

Reduces stress hormone levels
   via release of endorphins

Helps prevent heart disease
  due to improved circulation

Promotes muscle relaxation
  direct effect--causes reduction of tension

Improves mood
  through endorphin release

Enhances resilience
  allows person to regroup during times of emotional distress

Diffuses conflict
  a good laugh can break up an argument in progress by diverting attention from anger to humor

Attracts other people to us
  Shared laughter makes relationship between persons more appealing

Promotes group bonding
  Laughing together is a great way to build relationships!

Decreases pain
  Endorphins are the body's natural feel good hormone. Some refer to it as a naturally occurring    morphine.  Laugh more, feel less pain!

For more interesting information on Laughter as Medicine, you can read more here!

Sources: Helpguide.org; Wikimedia




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