Laughter Benefits

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Wondering about the benefits of laughter?

“The body’s response to repetitive laughter is similar to the effect of repetitive exercise,” explained Dr. Lee Berk, lead researcher of a 2010 study focused on laughter’s effects on the body. (1)

A contagious giggle or belly laugh makes us feel great in the moment, but data is mounting  about the positive things laughter can do for us. Based on my personal experience, reading and research, laughter does the following:

  • Helps us recover from illness
  • Decreases loneliness, anger and depression
  • Allows us to express emotion and release tension and stress
  • Stimulates the production of endorphins which decrease pain
  • Boosts self-confidence & creativity
  • Decreases stress hormones
  • Improves communication skills
  • Creates positive group energy
  • Helps us feel younger and more alive
  • Improves respiration and increases circulation
Visit Giggle On’s Resources Page, subsection Laughter for links to medical related articles and research about the benefits of laughter.
A Good Laugh

BENEFITS of Humor and Laughter per Ronald A. Berk, PhD.

Based on nearly 100 scientific studies of the psycho physiological effects of humor and laughter conducted over the past half century, the major benefits are
1. Reduces negative emotional consequences of stress, anxiety, and tension
2. Decreases depression, loneliness, and anger
3. Improves mood
4. Increases self-esteem
5. Promotes a sense of empowerment
6. Increases pain tolerance and threshold
7. Improves respiration and breathing (exercises lungs and raises blood oxygen levels)
8. Improves mental functioning (alertness, creativity, and memory)
9. Exercises facial, abdominal, and thoracic muscles
10. Relaxes muscles/decreases muscle tension
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