Amazing Kids! Magazine

Laughter is the Best Medicine

By Bassim Eledath, Contributing Writer

 

They say laughter is the best medicine, and very rightly so. Sure, laughing may not have the power to kill harmful viruses, but it plays a pivotal role in changing the mentality of patients.

Laughter is a good source of de-stress; it lowers blood pressure. This lowers the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Laughter has the ability to relax muscles for as long as 45 minutes. It makes you forget about your worries and concerns. It releases endorphins, which are a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system that help ease chronic pain. Additionally, laughing increases the number of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies in your body, thus improving your resistance to diseases.

On a lighter note, some studies even state laughing has the ability to tone one’s abs as it causes the muscles in your stomach to expand and contract. So whether it is to make your sick friend feel better or to get toned abs, you may always use laughter to your advantage.