Laughter is the best medicine

By WEEK Producer

July 19, 2010 Updated Jul 19, 2010 at 9:54 AM CDT

Laughter is the best medicine. In fact research shows that laughter can replace our negative emotions with pleasurable feelings and increases our energy level.

In "Your happiness Matters" Dr. Joy Miller helps us look at humor and how laughter can enhance our lives.

What benefit does laughter have for our emotional and mental health?

It reduces our stress by stimulating our brain and easing muscle tension.
Lowers our blood pressure
Elevates our mood
Boosts our immune system and releases antibodies
Improves our brain functioning

Research shows that laughter increases our happiness factor by 33% Want some proof? Then just watch this clip and notice what happens to your body.

It reduces our stress by stimulating our brain and easing muscle tension
Lowers our blood pressure
Elevates our mood
Boosts our immune system and releases antibodies
Improves our brain functioning

Research shows that laughter increases our happiness factor by 33% Want some proof? Then just watch this clip and notice what happens to your body.

So you always ask us to make a commitment in this segment. So what's our assignment for tonight?

We want to increase your exposure to humor, so this week I'd like you to commit to watching more comedies and watch less violence. Take in a funny movie, and try learning a joke and practice telling it to people. Lastly, I'd like you to look for things that are silly or absurd around you and have some belly laughs that will change your mental and physical health.

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