What’s the relationship between (humourous) pleasure and pain?

Sometimes we laugh so much it hurts.  Can it be that we laugh so much it stops hurting, or at least hurts less?  Here are some ideas on how Humour Counteracts Pain from my recent Huffington Post UK blog.

(Please “share”, “tweet”, “email” “+1″ or “like” from the HuffPost page…if you do like it. Thanks!)

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Whether laughter is the best medicine or not evidence certainly suggests it can lend a decidedly helpful hand when managing health needs.

According to a recent study, “proper laughing…that reaches the eyes” helps reduce pain and “promote feelings of well being”.

So if you’ve ever felt a bit guilty that you’re wasting time watching yet another rerun of Friends or Mr Bean you can relax a little – you may well have been doing yourself some good…


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Categories: Health

Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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