by Tracy Walter
We have all heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine.” There is a reason for this phrase. Studies show that laughing can have short- and long-term benefits. Laughter can stimulate organs, activate and relieve your stress response, and soothe tension as short-term benefits. Laughter can also have long-term benefits such as improving your immune system, relieving pain, increasing personal satisfaction, and improving your mood (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2019). Other studies have proven laughter to reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and depression in people as well (Rosenfeld, 2019).