The old adage that “laughter is the best medicine”, is one that we have all heard and most of us including myself accepted this as true. But is it really true? In theory this seems plausible at least to me. Due to the reasoning that most people laugh when they are happy, consequently happiness seems to be linked with laughing. And being happy seems like something that could definitely be the best medicine someone could have, everyone feels better when they are happier. But does the science back up this saying?
From the research that I have gone through the majority says that in fact laughter is the best medicine for multiple reasons. One, that laughter relaxes the entire body. From what I have experienced this completely makes sense. When I am laughing and having a good time I completely forget about the troubles in my life, let go and enjoy the moment. That is true relaxation, and through laughing I can achieve this. I feel that a medicine is something that calms you, and makes you feel better a result of laughing. In the article I found here stating the other two reasons which were: that laughter increases the immune system. This going along with the relaxation aspect because when you are laughing your stress is decreased and the immune system receives a boost.
The next reason is that laughter releases endorphins that make us feel good. This can temporarily cover up pain and releases chemicals that make us feel a certain way that we cannot describe. After looking at these reasons I myself can attest to them having these effects on me and would have to agree that laughter is the great medicine. Although I don’t think I would agree it is the “best” medicine. In this article they oppose the belief that laughter is the best medicine even though they do agree it is very helpful with many things. There are other medicines doctors have created that are truly extraordinary and cannot be compared to laughing logically. Laughter is very important and great but being called the best medicine is an overstatement.