Laughter is no Laughing Matter

Today's post is brought to you in it's entirety from Kim Allen at Heart Math..

Someone once told me while I was in the midst of a difficult situation, if there's the slightest chance you might look back on this some day and laugh about it, start laughing now. Granted, this doesn’t always work, but it sure has helped me get through some tough times.

In addition to being a quick perceptual shift, laughter has a lot of benefits. Studies on humor and laughter from Duke University, Loma Linda University, UCLA and others have shown:
  • Laughing helps relax tense muscles.
  • It reduces the production of stress hormones.
  • Laughter and a positive attitude strengthen the immune system.
  • It allows a person to 'forget' about aches and pains and perceive pain as less intense.
  • A good laugh is like an aerobic workout for the heart and lungs--increasing the body's ability to use oxygen.
  • It helps lower high blood pressure.
  • There are no known negative side effects to laughter.
Laughing is a part of the human experience. Recent research shows that "circuits" for laughter exist in very ancient regions of the human brain. Robert Provine, a psychology professor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, tells us laughter's origin is in tickling and rough-and-tumble play. Laughter is literally the sound of play.

Maybe that's why young children laugh over 300 times a day. It’s natural. Surprise, surprise: That number falls to 15 with adults. Unlike children who laugh unconditionally, we adults wait to find cause. Which brings up another one of those which-came-first conundrums: Do we grow old because we stop laughing? Or, do we lose our ability to laugh because we grow up? Whatever tickles your funny bone, add more laughter to your day!


  1. Great post Bob..... I'm going to count how many times I laugh today...

    Guess I will have to post some more of my Frosty Humor. I have always loved to laugh. I find humor in almost everything, and I can still see the kid in me at 69.... so HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.... Boy that felt good. Now you try it!

  2. We need to laugh more but we sometimes need to take ourselves less serious and laugh at ourselves also. Great post!

  3. Hi Bob,
    Great article. I love that you pulled from a Duke University study. Laughter is a big part of my life and sharing it with other is my mission.
    So happy to see when others are doing the same. Here's a link to my blog, check it out.
    Thanks for keeping the conversation going.


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