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oneye36's avatar

anyone know the reason why people that laugh more are heathier

Asked by oneye36 (305points) March 10th, 2008 from iPhone
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bpeoples's avatar

Total guess #1: People who don’t laugh very much are statistically depressed, which tends to suppress the immune system.

Total guess #2: Laughter is neurologically tied to some other system that boosts the immune system. I remember seeing some article about “laughing clubs” where people get together and force laughter to improve their health.

(BTW, by “statistically depressed” meaning that there’s a statistical correlation between not-laughing and being depressed that would skew otherwise neutral results, but that it’s certainly easy to find people who are not depressed who just don’t like to laugh)

Lightlyseared's avatar

Perhaps people who aren’t healthy have less to laugh about.

riprock96's avatar

they handle stress better….

row4food's avatar

when you are happy, endorphins are released into your body. they are a kind of naturally produced drug.

i was on the rowing team in college that was separated into heavyweight and lightweight programs (we had separate coaches with differing philosophies and approaches to putting together a fast team).

us lightweights (hence the ‘row4food’, as we had to maintain a weight of 130 or below) all got along and laughed a lot and generally had a good time while still training hard and having satisfying practices. the heavyweights always seemed miserable and came off the water complaining of bad rows.

we couldnt figure out why and finally decided that it was due to their lack of smiling and enjoyment, even compared with our need to manage exactly what we eat all the time, which has a very great potential to create grumpy ltwts if not handled correctly. the ltwts laughed and enjoyed working toward our goals together, thus releasing more endorphins, producing happier athletes.

shorty's avatar

laugher brings joy, joy is the source of your strength in any battle you may face.

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