Stress relief from laughter? It's no joke

Published: Jan 14 2014 12:12:48 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 27 2014 04:05:23 PM EST
Office workers laughing in meeting

By Mayo Clinic News Network

Whether you're guiltily guffawing at an episode of "South Park" or quietly giggling at the latest New Yorker cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that's no joke.

Stress relief from laughter

A good sense of humor can't cure all ailments, but data are mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits
A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

Long-term effects
Laughter isn't just a quick pick-me-up, though. It's also good for you over the long haul. Laughter may:

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/stress-relief/ART-20044456