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Laugh and be thankful—it’s good for the heart

November 24, 2010
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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Dustin Blevins
February 7, 2012

Great read, just affirms that laughter is an amazing medicine! Laughter has also been said to be a way to burn calories 😉

Dustin Blevins

StandUp Comedy Specials
January 21, 2011

It has been often said that laughter is the best medicine. Unfortunately, the overwhelming negativity prevalent in today’s society often leads us to forget that life is as much about enjoying as it is about living. The same way that depressing news depresses us, laughter makes us happy. And once in a while, it is important to just Laugh Out Loud (LOL).

A great read.

Camilo San Martín
December 20, 2010

Hello Mr. P.J. Skerrett. I’m a Medical Student of Catholic University of Maule, Chile. I think that is a very interesting post, because you talk about of something really common like laughing, and how this fact can help us in several ways, and bring us many benefits. One of them is the improvement of the cardiovascular function (a physical function)

Moreover, also it’s important to mention psychological benefits, and how the “deep laughing” supports our minds, and how help us to keep it balanced and healthy.

It would be interesting adding laughing as a complementary therapy in several pathologies, and in this manner helping to keep healthy minds and bodies during the treatments

Camilo San Martín Ojeda.

Eugene Erwin
December 5, 2010

I think that laughter, as well as just a smile contributes to your level of happiness and that is the real factor that contributes to our health and well being. Let’s face it, Happy people live longer than unhappy persons.

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