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People have been saying it for ages.

Is laughter the best medicine? Do you have any personal experiences to share?

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Laughter certainly is the best medicine, unless you're in a very foul mood, in which case laughter certainly is not the best medicine.
by Vee
Absolutely yes. There have been a number of actual studies proving it to be true.
It is good for reducing stress, etc, and it has been proven that stress can be significantly detrimental to health, so yes, laughing is good preventative medicine. If you are already suffering health problems, or depressed, then it probably won't have much of an impact.
I think even it is therapeutic, it's temporary. It's like eating chocolate, which releases all the good neurotransmitters, and when the effect tapers off, reality kicks in again. Not sure if it actually cures.
It is a great stress reliever and releases all sorts of feel good hormones into your body. Sometimes we just take ourselves too dam seriously. When we can share ourselves with a giggle we give others permission to be less up tight.
No, I don't really think so as it may make you feel good however you cannot compare it to a "medicine"

For example it will not get rid of a headache, so while laughter is great and it gets me in a better mood sometimes, I would not say it is the best medicine.
by Finy
Oh yes, and the laughter of my kids are almost as good as me laughing myself.
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