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Laughter is the Best Medicine

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After 10 years of research, scientists have concluded that laughter is the best medicine.

A quarter of an hour of pure belly laughter releases endorphins that help to control the levels of pain we feel and leave us feeling euphoric

Researchers sat participants down to watch TV programmes. Some watched Mr bean and other watched factual shows. Following this, participants were subjected to mild pain such as extreme work-outs and ice cold sleeves. They found that those who had watched the comedy programmes previous to enduring pain had a tolerance level around 10% higher than those who watched mundane programmes.

They also concluded however, that in order for laughter to be successful, it had to be shared with others.

Professor Robin Dunbar, Evolutionary biologist at Oxford University, proclaims that very limited research exists on the purpose of laughter. Writing in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal, he adds that, “Laughing is physically very exhausting, and anything that taxes the body physically triggers endorphins as a natural response as part of the pain control mechanism.”

Previous research on laughter has already shown it’s benefits; boosting circulation, calorie burning and exercise of at least 15 muscles in the face which keeps skin looking healthy. Even the expectation of a good laugh is enough to boost our spirits and immune system for a whole day.

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