Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

March 20, 2020

Hara Estroff Marano’s article, Laughter: The Best Medicine in Phsycology Today, shares that laughter does lots of good things for us. Estroff Marano goes on to say that it helps us to reduce pain, deal with discomfort and may even reduce blood sugar levels. "Laughter offsets the impact of mental stress.”  A good laugh helps to build a positive attitude and can heal.

In another article in Phsycology Today, Humor: The Human Gift for Coping and Survival Laugh - or fake it 'til you make it, Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, encourages that just pretending to laugh and giggle or snort can start you laughing for real.  Try it!

If you’d like to read the articles in their entirety, visit and search for the article titles.


For more articles on how humor and laughter “are natural stress-reducers and symptom-relievers related to improved health, increased life expectancy, and overall well-being,” search “laughter the best medicine”.  Happy reading!


Looking to pass some time with a funny movie?  Below is a list of comedies on NETFLIX to check out:

Murder Mystery

Yes Man

Imagine That

Pants on Fire

Cop and a Half

Big Fat Liar

Yours Mine & Ours

Cats and Dogs

Parks and Recreation

The Andy Griffith show

and a whole lot more!


In fact, there are lots of comedies everywhere, Prime, Hulu, Disney+ and more!

Check out the suggestions below:

What’s Up Doc

The Three Stooges

Adam West’s Batman Series

The Marx Brothers

Laughter Yoga With John Cleese


*Remember: Laugher is beneficial for you!  Maybe right now is a good time to try a little laughter.  Come on, you’ve got some time, laugh, you’ll feel better!