LOL: Why Laughing Is Good for Your Health

Laughing is one of our all-time favorite things. And, of course, the people who make us laugh the most are our favorites to be around. But we have even more awesome news: Laughing has serious health benefits! Let’s have a look.

LOL Your Way to No Stress

Laughter disarms your nervous system, which is why you feel better after one of those laughing fits with your bestie. It’s also why you want to watch or listen to something funny after a long, stressful day.

Laugh the Pain Away

Laughing releases endorphins, which can increase pain tolerance.

Laughter Brings People Together

When people talk about traits they admire in others, they often say a person’s ability to make them laugh. There’s a reason behind this: As humans, we are social creatures, and sharing joyful times is a way we build community.

Laugh Your Way to a Six-Pack

Bring on the belly laughs! As you laugh, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, a similar movement to when doing a core routine.

An Oxygen Boost Is No Laughing Matter

You know those laughs that require you to take a heaping breath? All that extra oxygen decreases your heart rate and stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system.

Mad? Try Having a Laugh

Nothing diffuses conflict faster than sharing a laugh. It can help us look at an otherwise tense situation from a new perspective and decrease resentment.

How to LOL More

Struggling to remember the last time you had a really good laugh? Here are a few pointers.

Smile, Smile, Smile

If you have trouble laughing, try smiling first. Even if you have to fake it, look for ways to smile throughout your day. Before long, you should no longer have to fake it.


Never underestimate the power of your favorite TV show or stand-up special.

What Hits Your Funny Bone?

Start noting things that make you laugh, then stick to those guaranteed to give you a chuckle.

Surround Yourself With People Who Make You Laugh

Prioritize people who make you laugh. And in situations where you aren’t sharing space with the funniest people, change the conversation to put a positive spin on it.

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