Benefits of laughter

relaxation stress management tmj Jul 12, 2022


If you have pain or tension in your teeth or jaw muscles, you are probably clenching your teeth, too much. Spending time relaxing your mouth, every day, will be a great help. What better way to relax the face than laughing.


And laughter has many other health benefits.


Many people credit Norman Cousins with introducing the medical benefits of laughter through his 1979 book, Anatomy of an Illness. However, Dr. Patch Adams was helping people to heal with laughter a fews years before that. Perhaps, the oldest know written document on the benefits of laughter, is from The Old Testement in the Book of Proverbs: "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine".

Scientists began to study laughter, probably because of the fame of Cousins and Adams, and have confirmed that laughter does us good, as good as medicine. It reduces stress through its impact on the hormonal system, it moves lymph, oxygenates the blood, reduces pain and strengthens the immune system.

So what are you waiting for, start laughing!


Patient: How much to have this tooth pulled?

Dentist: $100.00.

Patient: $100.00 for just a few minutes work?

Dentist: Well, I can extract it very slowly if you like.

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