Laughter: The Best Medicine?

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

Some researchers say that laughter really is the best medicine for your heart and soul. That's exactly why several dozen gathered at Colorado College Sunday afternoon.

They participated in a series of laughing exercises, what they called "laughter yoga" in honor of World Laughter Day. "The purpose of the exercise is 3-fold. First, to increase oxygenation; second, to improve their mood; and third, to improve social interaction," Dr. Tomi-Ann Roberts, CC psychology professor and “laughter leader” said.

What starts out as a fake laugh eventually becomes real. "Putting on a laugh, putting on a smile, initiates a feel good feeling of real happiness." Just hearing the people laugh even makes bystanders giggle.

Tricia Waters, a participant, said, "I learned you can laugh even when you don't feel like it." Jacob Weiss agreed, "I definetely feel more energized than I did when I walked in."

We get a sort of happy feeling when we crack up and laughing is easily contagious.

If you need another reason to chuckle, some researchers said that laughing 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn up to 50 calories, and they believe it can fight stress, increase the body's immune system, and even help diabetics reduce their blood sugar levels.

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