Laughter is the best medicine
Where is your nearest comedy club? Current research suggests it's worth knowing where you can get a good laugh as it may improve your health.
Laughter is like a good massage
A good belly laugh relaxes the muscles for up to 45 minutes. It lowers stress and wards off colds
Stress hormones take a toll on our bodies making it difficult for us to fight off illness. Studies suggest that
laughing not only reduces levels of these hormones, it boosts the immune system. So dig out those old episodes of Dad's Army!
It increases pain tolerance
According to neuroscientist Robert Provine, pain reduction is one of the biggest benefits of laughter. Studies have proved that those who watch or experience comedic content are able to tolerate more pain, probably due to the release of hormones called endorphins.
It’s good exercise
The body’s response to laughter is quite similar to the body’s response to exercise. After several seconds of
laughter, your heart rate elevates. We don't recommend that lie about watching reruns of Seinfeld all day but as part of a healthy lifestyle comedy is a great addition.
It’s a heart-friendly activity
Scientists at The University of Maryland determined that subjects with heart disease were 40 percent less likely to laugh in many situations compared to those without heart disease; and in fact were more prone to anger and hostility
Do animals laugh?
It has been documented that some animals do indeed laugh. Research among dogs, rats, chimpanzees and other apes suggests that these species emit a unique sound in response to pleasure.
You may have seen a horse making a strange expression where it curls its upper lip and bares its teeth into
a wide grin. This makes the animal look like it’s laughing. Horses pull this amusing face in order to direct
scents floating in the air toward special olfactory glands that are located at the end of the horse’s nasal passage. The lip-curling and the slight tilting of head help the animal direct smells toward these glands. The horse isn’t laughing at you, it’s just trying to determine whether you smell bad!