5 Reasons Laughter Is The Best Medicine

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Throughout history, laughter has remained a great constant — Maya Angelou has said she doesn’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh, and e.e. cummings said the most wasted of all days was one without laughter. We take a look at some of the science that supports the adage that laughter really is the best medicine.

1. Memory

A recent study from Loma Linda University in Southern California was simple, but seemingly successful. Scientists attempting to further establish the relationship between laughter and memory in older individuals by showing one group of healthy seniors a comedic video, while a control group of twenty seniors didn’t watch anything. After time was up, the participants in each group were then given memory tests.

Saliva samples were also taken, so that researchers could test hormone levels in the participants. The results? Those who watched the “funny” video exhibited much higher memory scores than the control group, and video-watchers also had lower levels of the hormone cortisol; typically associated with stress.

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