The Health Benefits Of Laughter

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Have you ever laughed so hard to the point where you’ve become exhausted – but in a good way? You try to catch your breath, while cramping on one side and wiping away the tears from your eyes; it almost feels as though you’ve just finished an intense workout at the gym. Well, believe it or not, laughter and exercise may share more in common than you’d think, especially when it comes to reaping the health benefits. Everyone knows the health-enhancing effects that come with living a healthy and active lifestyle, but more and more research is being done to show that laughter can also boost your health in similar ways (Berk et al 1993). This notion that humor and laughter can have a positive impact on a person’s health has become increasingly accepted among health care providers and the public. Not only are articles on the valuable properties of laughter appearing often, but more and more practitioners are promoting therapeutic humor through workshops and seminars; even professional associations, like the American Association for Therapeutic Humor (AATH), have been created solely to the study and promotion of humor in health care. Existing research has shown that provoked laughter from humor has both physiological and psychological effects on the body. It increases the activity of immune system defenses including: T-cells that are known to attack and kill tumor cells and viruses, certain antibodies that protect the body against foreign invaders and harmful organisms, and

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