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. Jesenia

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

  2. Heather

    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!

  3. Dollhouse Goddesses

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

  4. Stacey D

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

  5. alexandria waning

    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!

  6. Amanda Love

    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.

  7. Amber N

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

  8. Karissa Ancell

    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.

  9. DENEA DURAN

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

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