Is laughing healthy?

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The upper body shakes, tears flow and life becomes so easy: laughing leaves negative thoughts disappear. But is it also healthy? In fact, happy people are less likely to get sick, but not because they laugh more often.

It all started with a laugh number in the truest sense of the word: In the 1960s, the American William Finley Fry Junior saw a film of Dick and Goof. “The result, where the two move a piano up the hill – I love that movie,” Fry told the “SZ magazine” in December 1999. What was special is that in the arm of the psychiatrist was a cannula, which regularly bleed him blood. He wanted to know what was happening in the body

Today the Fry, who died in May 2014, is the founder of laughter research, the so-called gelotology. The fat-and-doof experiment showed that the number of natural killer cells in the blood increases with laughter. Natural killer cells belong to the white blood cells and kill, for example, cells which have been infected by viruses. Meanwhile, researchers from slightly larger investigations know that while laughing, a large number of immune cells become active. There is the suggestion that this protects against diseases

Today the Fry, who died in May 2014, is the founder of laughter research, the so-called gelotology. The fat-and-doof experiment showed that the number of natural killer cells in the blood increases with laughter. Natural killer cells belong to the white blood cells and kill, for example, cells which have been infected by viruses. Meanwhile, researchers from slightly larger investigations know that while laughing, a large number of immune cells become active. There is the suggestion that this protects against diseases

In fact, there is still a lack of proof that frequent laughter protects against infections such as a cold. The immune system, however, is by no means the only area of ​​our body that changes with laughter. The heart beats faster, the body pours out stress hormones, the breathing rate increases, we breathe deeper and absorb more oxygen.