Elizabeth – Laughing

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This topic is relevant to me because I love to laugh. Humor is contagious, and laughter is something that everyone loves and enjoys. What could be better than a contagious giggle? Try to be pleasant and fun as possible, so you can laugh more! As well as being an enjoyable pass time, laughing has many health benefits.

Lots of people know the quote ‘Laughter is the best medicine.’, but do not know the reasons behind it. Here are some both long and short term benefits of laughter:

  • Eases your anxiety and fear

  • Relieves the stress from work

  • Improve alertness

  • Improves your mood

  • Helps defuse tension and conflict

  • Makes you happy

  • Strengthens relationships

  • Decreases chance of heart disease, increasing blood flow

  • Boosts your immune system

  • Releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals

  • Lowers your stress hormones

  • Relaxes muscles

I think that all teens should be laughing daily and often.

I learned a lot about what laughter is and how it happens in your brain. A study was done (the study of laughter is called gelotology), and in your brain, different parts are used to understand a joke and laugh.

  • Laughter is just a response to humor, not the same as humor

  • There are two parts:  the sound and the gestures

  • It seems so normal for us to laugh, yet us humans are the only animals that can laugh

How we laugh (in your brain)

  • Your left side of the cortex (layers or cells at the top of your head) analyzes the structure of the joke

  • Your large frontal lobe becomes active

  • Your right hemisphere of the cortex intellectually analyzes the humor to ‘get’ the joke

  • Brainwave activity spreads to sensory processing area of the occipital lobe (the analysis of visual signals)

  • Your now stimulated motor section causes the physical reactions

I believe that laughter should be an important component in everyone’s lives, as it is healthy, and very pleasant.

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