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The Best Medicine: What Are the Benefits of Laughter?

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By Tiffany Chaney The phrase “Laughter is the best medicine” is a colloquial variation of a biblical passage from Proverbs (Chapter 17, verse 22): which reads that “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Many sacred texts, from spiritual texts to philosophical ones, contain words of wisdom to help us reflect in times of need. However, a healthy life means one also filled with laughter. But is laughter the best medicine, and if so, can it really reduce stress and improve your health? Science says, “Yes.” Here are a few of the top benefits of laughter. 1. Improves the Likelihood of Getting Pregnant in Those Experiencing Infertility Women undergoing in vitro fertilization had 16% better chances of getting pregnant when entertained by a clown than those who didn’t entertain encounters from clowns, according to a 2011 study. The results were published by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in Fertility and Sterility. The researchers recommended further exploration of medical clowning as a therapeutic aid for women receiving IVF treatments. 2. Relieves Pain A good bout of laughter releases endorphins, also known as a “happy hormone.” Aside from joy, endorphins can also raise…