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Laughter - The best type of medicine

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Laughter- The best type of medicine


Laughter can be defined as a voluntary action of the face and diaphragm in the stomach when your body finds something funny.  Laughter takes many different forms depending on your personality. Some people laugh out loud whilst other people snicker or laugh quietly. Laughter is contagious and will often encourage others to join in.



Laughter crosses many different languages and cultures. You don’t need to understand another person to enjoy laughter. You just have to be open to the feeling you get when your body wants to laugh. There are many different ways that laughter can be described. These may include giggling, snorting, chuckling or simply folding over with aching ribs as you laugh out loud.


Is Laughter Good For You?


Laughter is very good for your body and mind. Research has shown that laughter releases stress, keeps you focused and alert. Laughter has also shown to:


  • Laughter has shown to relax your body. Laughing relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

To demonstrate how effective laughter is I have provided a link to some you tube videos you can watch to see for yourself how good laughter is:

How our body creates laughter

Laughter requires a number of body actions to occur. The first thing you notice with laughter is the sound it makes. This is caused when the diaphragm and respiratory system contract and relax in sequence. The second thing you may notice is the change in your breathing patterns. The harder you laugh the less breath you have. When you are laughing loudly your epiglottis in your throat closes restricting the larynx which restricts your ability to laugh.  Muscles are responsible for any movement of our bodies. When we laugh we use around 15 of the muscles in our faces. For example, the zygomatic major muscle works to lift up our top lip in a smile. We show our teeth, widen our mouths, our eyes crinkle up and we may even make tears if we really get the giggles. Laughing also makes our bodies move. We tend to throw our heads back; we lift our legs, wave our arms and shake our bodies.

Different types of kids humour to encourage Laughter


Knock knock
Who's there?
Mikey who?
Mikey doesn't fit in the keyhole!

Knock knock
Who's there?
Howard who?
Howard I know?

Knock knock
Who's there?
Beets who?
Beets me!


What does a nosey pepper do?

A: Gets jalapeno business!

What do you call a fake noodle?

A: An Impasta

 What do you call an alligator in a vest?

A: An Investigator 


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