By: Royd Guyon

According to Mark Twain, humanity has unquestionably one truly effective weapon. Laughter. It has the power to reduce anything in an instant. Nothing can withstand the assault of laughter. Twain was correct, except he neglected to mention laughter’s ability to have a profound effect on our health.
For a variety of scientifically proven reasons, laughter is the best medicine. One of the most effective stress relievers is laughter. A good belly laugh can relax the muscles throughout your entire body for up to 45 minutes. Imagine telling a few good jokes all day, you will never get a spasm in your neck again or a throbbing back. Dr. Gulshan Sethi, a cardio surgeon at Tucson Medical Center, describes laughter as “internal jogging” because it tones all internal organs and strengthens the abdominal muscles without requiring a single sit-up.
Laughter improves social relationships because the contagious nature of a smile or a good laugh allows us to connect with others; which leads to friendships and even romantic closeness. In fact, couples who laugh together are more likely to stay married for a longer period of time. People who have long-lasting relationships surpass those who have few friends and are unmarried.
Laughter strengthens our immune system. Studies have shown that laughing at a funny movie or finding humor in a stressful situation increases the production of white blood cells, which attack cancer, colds, and foreign bacteria. Laughter helps to combat depression because when we laugh, our bodies release good neuropeptides into our bloodstreams, such as oxytocin and dopamine. Laughter alleviates physical pain. Life can be painful at times, but laughter can help us deal with it better.
Finally, laughter is an observable trait that appears to be more common in resilient people. If you want to find a successful person who can easily take life’s punches, look for someone who laughs a lot. Laughter helps strengthen your character and loosens rigidity. Laugh more and you’ll be surprised at how much it can improve your health.