Laughing is Good For You!
I thought that, as college freshman still learning the hang of things here in D.C., this is a good reminder that we should make sure we find time in our busy schedules to laugh and smile, not just because it is good for our mental health, but also because this new study shows that it is also good for our physical health as well.
In this article from the blog, Scientific American, the author explains that when humans laugh, the brain releases “feel-good chemicals” known as endorphins. These chemicals are also released during exercise, and have a positive effect on the body. Specifically, this article explains newfound research that laughing–and the subsequent release of endorphins–decreases our pain threshold. Essentially, laughing helps to eliminate physical pain.
Endorphins, these natural chemicals that the human body releases, are an interesting phenomenon that it seems like few scientists have actually spent significant time researching. It is good to know that, not only are they powerful and contribute positively to our health, but we have the ability to control when we release them.