Studies show humor is good for you


Courtney Cloutier

Contributing writer

Humor is a large part of a person’s life. Living in Washington state where it’s cloudy most of the time, depression is becoming an epidemic in the Pacific Northwest. The best remedy for this is simple. All that’s needed is to exercise 17 simple muscles in your face and crack a smile.

Most people love humor. They spend hours online looking at videos and reading jokes. The best part of laughing is sharing with someone else.

Why do people find it funny when other people get hurt? Comedian Daniel Tosh has roped his entire Comedy Central television show around publicly embarrassing people from their videos on YouTube. It’s true, we love to see others get hurt, and watch them “epically fail” at something just to get a laugh out of it.

When students were asked to describe in three words or less what makes them laugh, Daniel Maysinovich said it was his best friends.

Sharing a laugh with a friend or even cracking up so hard it creates tears has an amazing physical benefit.

When your friends or people around you smile it immediately sends out good vibrations. According to the article “Why it’s good to laugh” featured on, the average child laughs up to 400 times per day and an adult only 17 times.

As we grow up, it seems like laughter has lost its importance in our daily lives but truly it has to be.

“It brightens the day,” Dylan Hutchinson says.

Laughing is good for people, not just one laugh but at least one intense crack up session feels great.

It has been studied that laughing 100 times in one day is almost equal to 10 minutes on a rowing machine or even 15 minutes on an exercise bike. The best part is there’s no sweating and it’s free.

Everyone everywhere has a different sense of humor. For example, some enjoy television shows like Family Guy. Creator Seth McFarlane has introduced viewers to a strange almost insulting kind of humor but its real issues exaggerated to get our minds of the seriousness of everything.

How amazing would it be to have a career focused completely on creating smiles? That’s what fans have comedians for.

Eric Stubblefield says he prefers “real comedy based on actual experiences or situations that can be related to.”

That’s where comedians Kevin Hart, Jeff Dunham, Louis C.K. and others have it right. They base their jokes off of their families and personal experiences. So it’s really not always about the punch line. It’s really about the emotion and energy put into the joke.

When people download a funny application on their phones, giggle over inside jokes with their friends or watch stand up comedy, it could be the best thing for them that day.

As they say, laughter is the best medicine.

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Studies show humor is good for you

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