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!