8 Ways Humor Heals
That uncontrollable contagious giggle is doing much more than elevating your mood. Humor has a huge impact on many areas of our health. Here are a few ways our minds, bodies, and souls improve with hilarity.
Good mental health
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Like yawning, laughing is contagious. Your laughter will likely spread to others, resulting in more group happiness. (Think about the mass impact of a YouTube video that goes viral.) Additionally, studies have shown that weekly exposure to humor can result in enhanced happiness and life satisfaction, relaxation, and stress relief. This is, in part, because laughing reduces stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.