Does Laughing Make You Live Longer

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,


I heard laughing help you live longer is that true?

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Dear Does Laughing Make You Live Longer,


Ultimately laughter is good for your health. Laughter protects your heart by improving the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow. This can help prevent you from a heart attack or other cardiovascular problems. Laughter boots your immune system and improves your body’s ability to fight off diseases.


Humor is equally helpful to our mental health and the way we deal with stress and worry. Laughter releases endorphins, which provide you with a sense of well-being and be in a naturally good state of mind. These “feel good” brain chemicals raise both our mood and our coping abilities. Sometimes things don’t seem as bad when looked through the eyes of humor. Laughter relaxes your whole body by relieving tension and stress.


Some reports have even stated that laughing can be a great workout too. It is estimated that a healthy laughing session can be equal to several minutes on the rowing machine or the exercise bike. Besides using your diaphragm, abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg and back muscles, your blood pressure is lowered, and your heart rate increases as well. Ever laugh so much that it hurts? Now you know why.


So what are you waiting for? Go find something funny!



Signed: TeenHealthFX