Laughter: The Recipe for Relief

Posted by

They say laughter is good medicine, but these facts about laughing really give an old phrase some substance. Ever heard the term "belly laugh", well laughing can work all kinds of muscles in your body along with being a healthy release of emotion.

Not only is laughing tons of fun, but the health benefits are truly legitimate. Just think about it, if someone is upset, whether it be angry or sad, it usually goes on until you can get the person to laugh. It's a natural cure that you can practice on yourself and for others.

For your heart

According to a study at the University of Maryland Medical Center, laughing increases blood flow, which helps protect your heart from cardiovascular complications. Not surprisingly, stress has the opposite effect — it constricts blood vessels and reduces the flow of blood to your heart.

For Relaxation

Watch a couple Seinfeld reruns and tell us you don’t feel more relaxed afterwards. Okay, even if Jerry and the gang aren’t your personal idea of comedy (how dare you), you know where we’re going with this. A good, hearty laugh is like nature’s chill pill. It’s no wonder there’s an entire school of yoga dedicated to the health benefits of laughing.

For Pain Relief

A good laughing fit causes your brain to release feel-good chemicals that can temporarily relieve physical pain. How cool is that? Forget the pharmacy, instead pop an organic, gluten free treat like VerMints, and pick a comedy on Netflix!

For The Common Cold

Laughter is good medicine for a cold as it acts as a powerful natural pump for your lymphatic system. In layman’s terms, laughing boosts your immune system, which helps protect you from nasty viruses.

For Your Mood

Negative moods, depression and unhappiness in general can be a downward spiral. Laughing releases chemicals in the brain that improve your mood and help you feel more positive. Plus, when you feel good, you’re more likely to address the things in your life that may not be serving you.

For Relationships

One of the best benefits of laughter is that it’s completely and utterly contagious. People are naturally attracted to those who make them laugh. Sharing a sense of humor is a huge part of being in a healthy relationship.It is important to not be so uptight and when your partner is not having a good day, just do something random and funny to get their mind on a better track. Laughter is key!


For Your Abs

Laughing exercises your muscles and it’s a lot more fun than doing crunches! In addition to contracting your abs, a laughing fit also burns calories and speeds up your metabolism. Ha ha!

For Your Lungs

Another interesting health benefit of laughing is that it cleanses your lungs. Similar to deep breathing, laughing allows the lungs to open up and take in fresh oxygen.

So spread the healthy habit by calling a friend and talk about funny things you’ve seen or take a walk down memory lane by looking over your social media posts and pictures - it’s more valuable than you may realize!

Take our work life balance quiz!

Find out whether you’re zen or zonked with our work life balance quiz! Answer each of the 12 statements below with a “True” or “False” to get your result. 1.   ­­_____ “There aren’t enough hours in the day to get through my to-do list.”2.   _____ “I used to have lots of hobbies but between work and home responsibilities, [...]

Read More »

De-Stress Your Morning Commute

As a Greater Boston-based company, we know a thing or two about traffic. Namely, banging our heads off our steering wheels from frustration at the third five-car pile-up in one week, clenching our jaws as we bite the bullet and order an $100 Ride Share or Cab when the MBTA breaks down again, and sitting in shock as a bull [...]

Read More »

Small Steps for a Healthy Home

Everyone runs out of the house in the morning and lights get left on without even putting any thought into it. We’ve all done it and until we are adults paying the bills each month, it’s no big deal. So you can tell yourself or other people you live with “don’t forget to turn off the lights” over and [...]

Read More »

​Five Hacks for a Fresh Start to Spring

It’s official: the end of snowy morning commutes and frosted windshields is finally in sight. Spring has finally arrived and we all could use a few tips on how to use the new season to better our daily routine. There’s plenty of clichés about spring time: perfumes fresh as a daisy, blossoming into summer, pastels and blush [...]

Read More »

Our Women Crush Wednesdays for Women’s History Month

Let’s be honest: Women’s History Month is every month. But March is a great time to remember the female mavericks who challenged societal norms and trail-blazed the way for future generations. We often don’t get the time to reflect on all of the incredible accomplishments women have accounted for over the years, and how hard they worked to bring us [...]

Read More »

The Hidden Superstars of Nutrient Boosting Ingredients

It’s that time of the year when we start thinking about making changes in the starting line-up of food in our kitchen pantries, make resolutions to be "better" about no reaching for the snacks and setting goals to make the new year ahead be healthier. I don't know about you but that is always easier said than done. But [...]

Read More »

Explore the UK

In honor of our promotion in the United Kingdom right now, we thought it would be appropriate to give you some great places to visit "across the pond!" We can thank our wonderful International Sales & Marketing Manager Dani for these excellent photos!King's College in Cambridge & views from its libraryThe London EyeArthur's Seat: the [...]

Read More »

6 Sandwiches Using Thanksgiving Leftovers

"Stuffed" is the only word that comes to mind after gorging yourself at Thanksgiving dinner. With all the pies, gravy, and football games to watch from the couch, it's easy to understand why. But that completely full feeling only lasts until the next morning when it's time for breakfast once again. Thankfully, there's always copious amounts of  [...]

Read More »

Losing Weight on a Vegan Diet

Feeling like your dietary choice doesn’t apply to all the ordinary guidelines for losing weight? Don’t fret, we can help! Eating as a vegan can be a great lifestyle choice! It may just take some assistance to transform your basic meals into delicious gourmet dishes. If you are ready to try a vegan or plant-based diet, give these tips below [...]

Read More »