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Laughter is the best medicine. It is better than cough syrup, Advil, or the chicken soup that your mother said would alleviate your flu. Laughter does not use traditional medicinal ingredients bottled in capsule form but it is easy to swallow. So why exactly is it the best medicine?

Being Happy

We genuinely laugh when we are happy. The laugh is accompanied by a smile and sometimes even a wink. Being happy is generally preferred to feeling sad and fearful. Although anger may feel like a good release in the moment, its consequences are often negative.

Laughter lets one brush away the bad moments like a broom that brushes debris off the floor and into the wastebasket. Rid yourself of the emotional debris that may be weighing heavily on your mind.  Heavy thoughts create stress which can appear in the form of stiff muscles in many areas of your body.

Stress and Your Body

Back pain and leg pain are conditions that often result from stiff or sore muscles. Laughter actually stretches the body, loosening the muscles. A hearty laugh can be a workout for the stomach. Have you ever giggled so hard and for so long that your abdominal muscles actually hurt? Your facial muscles also get a good workout.

Laughter does not require consuming a certain amount of pills each day. It can occur naturally when you hear a funny joke or see a comical video on television. Laughter is a form of stress management.

Also, when you laugh you breathe in large amounts of oxygen. Oxygen increases circulation as well as mental clarity. These benefits may explain the growing popularity of oxygen bars.

Laughter and Attachment

Laughter also connects you to others as you join together for a joyful moment. The feeling of attachment leaves you feeling less alone and more positive.

You are more likely to feel motivated and pursue goals than lie on the couch. Physical movement stretches muscles that otherwise would not be worked and become tense.

The Here And Now

A good laugh encourages you to be in the moment, rather than concentrate on your past failures. When giggling, you are positive and concentrate on being happy and living in the moment.

Try not to take yourself too seriously. When you make a small error, laugh at yourself. Remember that no one is perfect. Not taking yourself too seriously shows confidence and the ability to put mistakes into perspective. Was that error really the end of the world? Likely not.

Laugh with others rather than at them. Giggling at someone else’s expense is wrong. Whether laughing at ourselves or with one another, laughter really is the best medicine.

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  1. Gallantly, gal March 15, 2018

    Love this! Love laughing <3

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    1. Christy B March 24, 2018

      The sound of laughter is great too! Hope you have some great belly laughs this weekend :)

    2. Gallantly, gal March 24, 2018

      Thank you!!! You, too :)

  2. Ben Aqiba March 15, 2018

    Hi Christy ,

    very important post. I love laugh, and people are generally too serious about life. I love Charlie Chaplin movies,they are great reason for laugh

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  3. Aviana March 15, 2018

    I agree 100%

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  4. Baffledmum March 15, 2018

    Absolutely love this post and the message behind it. It’s such a simple message – just laugh! & its so easy to do… X

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  5. Resa March 15, 2018

    There’s nothing like a good laugh, one that makes your back hurt, that make one cry tears of joy, one you need tissue for nose blowing and perhaps even a happy helping hand to help you up from the floor! Release those endorphins!

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  6. New Life Fresh You March 15, 2018

    Laughing is the best thing we can do. Instead of stressing out too much if we do something wrong, laugh. Like you said no one is perfect. Great post as usual 🤗

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    1. Christy B March 24, 2018

      Laughing over stressing – I’ll take that game plan any day :)

  7. Mbalenhle March 15, 2018

    Laughter is truly the best medicine and l feel it’s effects every single day 😄. I’m literally always laughing, thank you for this post – it’s given me a good enough reason to laugh away 🙌😊💕

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  8. InspiresN March 15, 2018

    I love this post, I have also heard a good laugh and a good sleep are the best cures for anything and longevity as well !

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  9. Evie March 15, 2018

    Your posts are always thought provoking :) Love them!

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  10. A Creative Newmie March 15, 2018

    Right on point! :)

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  11. Jill Weatherholt March 15, 2018

    What a great post, Christy! Laughter really is the best medicine. Funny, I find myself laughing at myself many times during the day. :)

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  12. Carolyn Page March 15, 2018

    I love the image of you, Christy; indeed I almost laughed at you laughing.. Ha haaaa!
    xoxoxo

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  13. ABnormal March 15, 2018

    This is great! I loved reading it!

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  14. Tina Frisco March 15, 2018

    Terrific post, Christy. I feel so free and alive when I laugh. My body expands and I’m able to release any negative feelings I might be holding. Perhaps someday, we’ll have a good laugh together in person :) I would love that ❤

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    1. Christy B March 24, 2018

      I’d love to meet one day too, Tina – and I KNOW we’d laugh and smile so much if/when it happened :) <3

    2. Tina Frisco March 24, 2018

      :) ❤

    3. Christy B March 24, 2018

      <3 and more <3

  15. ztevetevans March 15, 2018

    Super post, thanks!

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  16. Amy Caudill March 15, 2018

    I never thought about the physiological effects of laughter before Christy. Thanks for sharing. Oh, I love the picture. You look so happy and carefree.

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  17. jyo March 15, 2018

    Such a lovely post and yess, a warm smile is the universal language of kindness, it’s the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart !

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  18. Jane Sturgeon March 16, 2018

    Laughter…great post Christy. I love the laughter that comes through friendships and sharing understandings. Between my shifts of hearing so much heartbreak, I watch funny clips. I spurted coffee all over my laptop as I laughed out loud the other day. xXx <3

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    1. Christy B March 24, 2018

      Haha I can almost see you now spurting out coffee as you howled in laughter – what a great image :) :)

  19. Norah March 16, 2018

    I agree, Christy. Laughter is good for the soul, the mind, the body, relationships … well, nearly everything really. Lovely post.

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  20. Yeah, Another Blogger March 16, 2018

    Youre right!

    Laughter is a powerful tool, and a good one. It makes life better.

    Here’s to a day filled with some yucks–

    Neil

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  21. laughingwithlisa March 16, 2018

    Hi Christy! Thank you so much for spreading light and love to the world. It feels so good to read posts of like-minded people. We are all connected and laughter is one of the best ways to show that.

    Laughter is a release, and its energy only expands. I like how you compared that release with that of anger and the differences between them.

    Lisa

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    1. Christy B March 24, 2018

      “Laughter is a release” – Got that right, Lisa! :)

  22. ThatRandomFitLife March 16, 2018

    Love your post!
    Laughter really is the best medicine. It makes life more enjoyable. I have also noticed that that I’m much happier when I’m laughing and smiling more.

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  23. annamerissa March 16, 2018

    Lol, I totally agree with you. There’s nothing I love more than laughing with people I love. I’ve been on like a mental cleanse lately and I’m trying to better myself mentally. I’ve been in search of a lot of blogs that embody similar natures. I wrote a recent blog post that I am incredibly proud of that really relates to hope and happiness, and I’d love for you to read it. 🙂 xx -A

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  24. rollyachabotbooks March 16, 2018

    Hi Christy…
    Laughter gives your mind, body and soul what it craves…

    Hugs from Alberta

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  25. Invisibly Me March 16, 2018

    I love this and totally agree – laughter is very underrated! If only we could all channel our inner child more often, see the lighter side and laugh more often :)

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    1. Christy B March 24, 2018

      I love that idea of channeling our inner child more often :)

  26. ortensia March 16, 2018

    Laughing and irony are my secret to cope with life😉😀

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  27. Definitely a real tonic for life.

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  28. AmyRose🌹 March 16, 2018

    I was just told today that I have an awesome laugh which of course made me laugh all the harder! I LOVE to laugh and lately I have been doing that a lot! Laughter is such a huge benefit for health all the way around …. I also told a small story today to which much laughter was a result to those who listened. I said that I get such a kick out of myself that I laugh at me when I do dumb things or silly things. The way I said it made everyone laugh!! OH YES!! Laughter is contagious! Beautiful post, Christy! Thank you! (((HUGS))) Amy 😂

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    1. Christy B March 24, 2018

      I would love to hear that laugh of yours – it sounds amazing, Amy! HUGE hugs <3

  29. Let's CUT the Crap! March 16, 2018

    I actually laughed out loud. Great post, Christy. Happy Friday. :-D

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    1. Christy B March 24, 2018

      Ooooooh how beautiful to see you here, Tess!!

  30. DG MARYOGA March 16, 2018

    It’s the best medicine,dear Christy.Broad smiles ~ happy weekend,my friend :)

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  31. Fiona March 17, 2018

    Brilliant reasons to laugh and be happy 😀

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  32. Bonnie A. McKeegan March 17, 2018

    Great post, Christy! It helps me to figure out what tv shows make me laugh. Grace and Frankie cracked me up! I think the need for laughter is why there are so many great sit-coms and comedians who do what they do despite it being a hard way to make a living. Unless maybe they’ve made it Big Time. Sometimes memes are hysterical and I think that’s why they are so popular on social media – we need the feel-good chemical release to deal with the heaviness of life. Laughter is powerful medicine!

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  33. Baydreamer March 17, 2018

    Great post, Christy. When I was younger, I had a core group of friends and our motto was, “Just laugh!” We even had t-shirts made. Silly times, but fun, too. :) Laughter really is the best medicine. xoxo

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  34. don't give a jam March 17, 2018

    love this! so true, love a good laugh 🙌🏻

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    1. Christy B March 19, 2018

      Hi! Your blog is doing awesome and glad you’re stopping in for a laugh too with me :)

  35. macjam47 March 18, 2018

    I agree 100% with your comments in this post. Laughter is, after all, the best medicine.

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  36. Sageleaf March 18, 2018

    Love this! Yes…laughter and good health and stretched muscles are so fun and wonderful! Have you ever heard of laughter yoga? I have only witnessed it once or twice, but it is so fun! You basically “fake laugh” and the other person copies you, and vice versa until you both are laughing. It’s a little quirky to try at first but ten it’s so fun! :D
    I hope you’ve had a great week, you phenomenal woman, you! Love your posts and love all that you do. Sending hugs your way! xo

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  37. Tessa March 19, 2018

    Loved this post. Laughter is contagious too…if you start laughing and get ‘out of control’ …the people you are with can’t control themselves and also start laughing. This also lengthens the amount of time that the laughter continues. Also have you ever noticed, everyone has a ‘unique’ laugh…that sets them apart from others. e.g. I know Christy and her laugh as you would expect ‘comes from the gut, is very loud, and brightens up any room she is in’.

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    1. Christy B March 19, 2018

      Oh dear now you have the world knowing how loud my laugh is!! Thank you so much for taking time here today in your busy schedule xo

  38. Fab post, Christy! I have shared this link on my PainPalsBlog regular feature Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You! Claire x

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    1. Christy B March 19, 2018

      I appreciate the share!!

  39. Christy B March 21, 2018

    Your comments and shares are appreciated!

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  40. disciple120 March 26, 2018

    Great post! Thank you for sharing. 😊

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    1. Christy B March 26, 2018

      Laughing is a highlight of life :D Appreciate all of the “likes”~!

  41. rêveuse April 4, 2018

    Awesome post ❤️

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  42. millennialhyggewife April 22, 2018

    So cute!! Love this!!

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  43. Eliza April 22, 2018

    Thanks for sharing

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  44. vivabooksindia May 5, 2018

    Interesting!

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  45. Mummanopoly May 10, 2018

    Great reminder! I love laughing 👌🏾 I have an embarrassing laughter when I really get going, but I’ve learnt to laugh as hard as I can no regrets! 😏🤣

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  46. Krishna July 7, 2018

    I can not agree more about this 🙌🏻😍

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