Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

People Laughing Outside

An old adage says that laughter is the best medicine. Based on some recent scientific research, it seems like that old saying might actually be true. When you suffer from chronic pain, the last thing you feel like doing is laughing. That pain can stop you from going to work, from playing with your pets and kids and even doing simple chores around the house. After you take a look at the research, you’ll want to laugh and get back to your life.

Research on Laughter and Pain

A team of Swiss researchers found that patients who had a good sense of humor and laughed more often had a higher tolerance to pain than other patients in the study. A high tolerance to pain can let you do more things without your pain holding you back. Those with a lower tolerance to pain need to take higher amounts of drugs to feel any relief. A British study found that laughter releases endorphins that make you feel better and experience less pain.

Laughter and Endorphins

Endorphins are naturally components found in the body that boost your mood and make you feel better. When you laugh, your body increases its production of endorphins, which is why you have a hard time staying in a bad mood when you see something funny. Endorphins can also reduce some of your pain. The next time your chronic pain knocks you for a loop, have a laugh.

Have a Laugh

Instead of spending the day in bed or struggling to get through those last few hours at work, turn to the Internet. YouTube has hundreds of videos that will make even the grumpiest of grouches laugh. Try watching a compilation video of cute puppies falling asleep or cats in bathtubs and your pain will be the last thing on your mind. You can also go back to the classic. Have a giggle as you read through the comics page in the newspaper, or slip in your favorite comedy and have fun laughing with those beloved characters. The more you laugh, the less you’ll think about your pain.

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