3 Stats That Prove Laughing Is Good For You

No matter what you’re doing, if someone was cracking up in front of you, something inside of you would trigger a smile. 
That’s because laughing is contagious. 
I’ve laughed so hard at the things that probably aren’t supposed to be funny several times in my life. And to be honest, I wouldn’t take those laughs back because, as studies have shown, it’s good for you. 
In fact, I’ve actually gone out my way to put together a list of three reasons why you should try laughing more:
1. Laughing boosts your heart rate. 
“Combining laughter and movement, like waving your arms, is a great way to boost your heart rate,” according to Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologist and laugh therapist, in this Web MD article
2. Laughing relieves stress.
There are times in our lives when we’re up to our neck with things and can’t really seem to shake the stress. Something happens and suddenly you burst out laughing. That laugh helps you relieve all the stress you had. 
You can read more about the short-term affects of laughing in this Mayo Clinic piece
3. Laughing can help you learn. Classroom comedy was noted by the American Psychological Association to improve student performance by reducing anxiety, boosting participation, and increasing students’ motivation to focus on the learning material. 
You can learn more about this research on The American Psychological Association website.  
How do you benefit from adding laughter in your life? 

25 Comments

  1. Masshole Mommy

    April 13, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    I love this so much. I do try to laugh as much as possible. It's definitely good for us.

    1. Fatima Lora

      April 13, 2016 at 8:49 PM

      I'm always in for a good laugh. 🙂 it really is good for us.

  2. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    April 13, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    This is the exact reason I fell in love with my husband. He makes me laugh no matter how grumpy or stressed out I am. Laughing can help almost any situation!

    1. Fatima Lora

      April 13, 2016 at 8:49 PM

      Aww. Your husband is definitely a keeper. Happiness is so important in every relationship. Laughs are always a plus.

  3. Karen Morse

    April 13, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    So important to laugh and giggle and find the humor in things. Even with stress or challenging times, its good to try to find the humor in it.
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

    1. Fatima Lora

      April 13, 2016 at 8:50 PM

      Hey Karen. Yes! I have to agree with you on that one. It breaks my heart when I see someone sad.

  4. Becca

    April 13, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    I guess it's a good thing I married someone funny! I've found laughing, even about something so silly, can completely change my mood.

    1. Fatima Lora

      April 13, 2016 at 8:50 PM

      Aww, Becca! You're awesome. Always laugh your butt off. 😉

  5. Heather Lawrence

    April 13, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    I have spent most of my life laughing and I have the laugh lines to prove it 🙂 My kids and my husband have me in stitches all the time!

    1. Fatima Lora

      April 13, 2016 at 8:51 PM

      Haha. That's awesome, Heather. Those smile lines are so important, and hold so many funny memories.

  6. Roxanne Ferber

    April 13, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Laughter is truly how I've made it through the last 5 years as a parent! The most ridiculous things happen when you include tiny humans. If you don't laugh you will cry! lol

    1. Fatima Lora

      April 13, 2016 at 8:52 PM

      Yes! Why is that? I think I've laughed more this year with a toddler and an infant than ever!

      Kids have a special way of making things okay. I'm convinced it's their innocence.

  7. ana de jesus

    April 13, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    I don't know where I would be without laughter. There is no joy without happiness.

  8. Lesley Carter

    April 13, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Love smile lines 🙂 My daughter makes me laugh at least hourly. She's such a joy in my life.

  9. Housewife Eclectic

    April 14, 2016 at 1:48 AM

    I love this so much! Laughing is the best medicine. Laughing always makes me feel much better.

  10. Carolyn

    April 14, 2016 at 2:37 AM

    Everyone loves to laugh. I like that it increases the hearbeat…what an awesome workout.

  11. Jesenia

    April 14, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Love this! Even more reason to laugh and enjoy life. 🙂

  12. Heather

    April 14, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Laughing is definitely wonderful! And it helps get my kids out of a funk too, if you just start pretending to laugh, eventually you are really laughing and happy again!

  13. Dollhouse Goddesses

    April 14, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    The wise say, Laughter is the best medicine. Totally true, laughing until we cry is a fav over at the Dollhouse.

  14. Stacey D

    April 15, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Laughing is great for the spirit! I often buy comedy DVDs for friends when they are sick or going through tough times.

  15. alexandria waning

    April 15, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    Love this post. I definitely agree with all that! I have been told many times to lighten up so I am glad I have my daughter to laugh with all day long!

  16. Amanda Love

    April 15, 2016 at 4:49 AM

    I find when I have a good belly busting laugh I always feel so much better. Now that I know it's good for you, although I really had no doubt it didn't, maybe I should check out a comedy club this weekend.

  17. Amber N

    April 17, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Laughing definitely does do me good. I can tell it releases stress. Sometimes a good laugh is all you need.

  18. Karissa Ancell

    April 17, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Laughing really is so good for. I know that it does help me a lot with stress. When I'm stressed I put on a funny show to help me relax.

  19. DENEA DURAN

    April 18, 2016 at 1:29 AM

    Everyone needs to laugh. It really is the best form of medicine!

Leave a Reply