Laughter: A Path to Better Relationships and Less Pain?

Better Relationships and Less Pain? The cover story in the current issue of Scientific American Mind is all about how a sense of humor can make you stronger, friendlier – and sexier!

Here are some key ideas from the article (quoted):

– The concept of laughter as a cure for disease lacks scientific support, but humor may indeed have significant effects on the psyche.

– Laughter relaxes us and improves our mood, and hearing jokes may ease anxiety. Amusement can also counteract pain.

– Cheerfulness, a trait that makes people respond more readily to humor, is linked to emotional resilience—the ability to keep a level head in difficult circumstances—and to close relationships. Life satisfaction may increase with the ability to laugh.

Read the whole story – and lighten up!

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