Can laughter really help us heal? Anecdotal evidence and some studies seem to point in that direction. Scientists are still investigating, but why wait for them to figure it out? Just yuck it up. It certainly cannot hurt.
Laughter is a powerful coping mechanism that you rely on when you need to lighten your mood. The health benefits associated with laughter are also convincing enough to give this free treatment a try.
Researchers have found that laughter may:
If you're looking for ways to start laughing it up, consider these methods:
So, the next time you feel ill, add a little laughter to your treatment plan. It may help ease your pain.
Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
Mental Health America
Canadian Mental Health Association
Create joy and satisfaction. Mental Health America website. Available at: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/live-your-life-well/joy. Accessed September 25, 2012.
Laughter is the best medicine. HelpGuide.org website. Available at: http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm. Accessed September 25, 2012.
Last reviewed September 2012 by Brian Randall, MD
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