Many studies have found that humor helps what hurts and this has lead researchers and professionals to coin a new term: laughter therapy.
Laughter has been shown to increase pain tolerance by escalating the release of endorphins: the body's "feel good" hormones. It also suppresses production of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin.
Laughter not only affects pain tolerance but it has an effect on the immune system. It increases the production and release of natural killer cells, which increases your disease resistance. It also diminishes inflammation in the body.
aren't enough of a reason to get a good laugh in, laughter also stimulates brain regions involved in preventing depression. It normalizes glands like the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, which produce hormones associated with mental well-being.
So whether you are battling the flu, aches, seasonal depression or more, a good laugh maybe your easiest answer!