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Luna's avatar

Does laughing really make you live longer?

Asked by Luna (220points) April 20th, 2010

I heard once that the more you laugh, the longer you live.

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wonderingwhy's avatar

I don’t know if it makes you live longer but it certainly makes life better.

jfos's avatar

Whether it makes your life longer or not, it is bound to make you live longer.

partyparty's avatar

Perhaps so… it decreases your stress levels. ha ha ha !!

john65pennington's avatar

My mother is 92. she is alert and well. i think i received my laughing trait from my mother. she stills laughs all the time and still possesses her great personality. i am blessed.

Luna's avatar

partyparty: that’s actually what my mom told me when i asked her

Your_Majesty's avatar

Absolutely. But I afraid the wrinkle,if you don’t mind that.

partyparty's avatar

@Luna So lets all laugh together!!

Cruiser's avatar

Funny you should ask and I would say yes! Just look at all the healthy vibrant seniors you run into and they are all laughing at everything! A good sense of humor is like a bullet proof vest for all the BS you run into on a daily basis.

CMaz's avatar

I can’t hurt.

smokeweedeveryday's avatar

Really i heard the it makes you die faster.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I hope so. Life is one hell of a lot nicer with humor in it. And let’s face it, in today’s day and age of bad economies, the war on terror, and a host of other dilemmas hitting us each day from different directions, we need much more laughter and smiles in the world.

Love_or_Like's avatar

Well I don’t know but if your laugh alot. Your life will be way better. Because when you are sad your life gets stress and a whole lot of things

stratman37's avatar

Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

I LIVE by this verse!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

If that is true,I’ll be around forever :)

beautifulbobby193's avatar

Some people are easily amused and laugh hysterically at things that are not really very funny. Others don’t laugh at all but can still be amused. I’m not sure the actual act of laughing itself equals happiness and expect the term stems from the belief that a happy person will live longer.

MarcoNJ's avatar

Hell to the yes. I most definitely believe laughter makes you live longer and plan on doing so till I kick the bucket.

YARNLADY's avatar

@smokeweedeveryday I’d like to know where you heard that, do you have a source?

The theory of laughter as medicine is that laughter creates immediate relaxation, and a reduction of stress does lead to a longer life.

Luna's avatar

@YARNLADY i was thinking the same thing….

mattbrowne's avatar

Only indirectly. Authentic happiness prolongs your life.

smokeweedeveryday's avatar

@YARNLADY: Umm idk some stupid kid in class.
Thats all i heard him say that it makes you die faster.

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