Laughter is the Best Medicine!

Real Estate Agent with NextHome Realty Center 604512


Remember that old saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine’?   Well, according to researchers it’s true.  Although we certainly need medicine, just 1 minute of hearty laughter can reduce heart rate, increase blood flow, positively affect blood sugar levels, boost immune function, help us relax, sleep better and improve our overall sense of wellbeing! Wow!

We see and hear every day about natural disasters, terrorism, crime, abuse and other horrible things.  This can rob us from appreciating the good things and people in our lives.  With all the fear and turmoil in our world today, it’s no wonder that we don’t feel as happy and content as we should.  And if left ‘unchecked’, research shows that it can cause stress and medical problems.

How about if we all ‘prescribed’ laughter, like doctors prescribe medicine?  We wouldn’t even have to stop at the drug store to pick it up and it’s FREE!  Good feelings are in all of us and a friendly smile, a kind word, and of course, a good laugh bring it out.

Since you’re already reading this article, why don’t you take a moment to think of the people who make you laugh and smile.  Don’t you look forward to being around them?  How about the ‘life of the party’ or the great joke and story teller?  We know that no one is exempt from life’s problems, but to spread and share laughter every day sounds like very good medicine to me. 

Now, who has a good joke?



Comments (15)

Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!

Laughter truly is the best medicine! I appreciate those times I've wanted to cry in frustration and instead found the humor and carried on with a lighter heart.  


Feb 22, 2016 09:04 PM

So true!

Feb 28, 2016 12:39 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You are so right, Barb. I love this post. Some very dear friends of ours reminded us to limit our intake of sad/bad information each day and watch a lot of comedy. Makes sense to me. D 

Feb 28, 2016 12:21 AM

Thanks for the kind words!  I rarely watch the news for this very reason but there are some things that I do want to know.    

Feb 28, 2016 12:39 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good morning Barb Kelley ,  I would rather be around a positive person than a negative one.  You're right about stress.  Here are a couple one's for you!

Dirty joke:  Boy fell in a mud puddle.

Clean Joke:  Boy went home and took a shower.

I'm sure that must have been something I heard when I was very young.  We thought they were the pinacle of jokes back then, but it helped develop our personalities and our health.

Feb 28, 2016 12:27 AM

Love it!  Thanks for sharing!

Feb 28, 2016 12:36 AM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

Laughter is very contagious and I wish more people could catch it.... love the message.

Feb 28, 2016 01:22 AM

For sure!    LOL

Feb 28, 2016 01:43 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Thank you for the smile, loved reading your post and you are so right about laughter.

Feb 28, 2016 04:12 AM

Thanks, Joe!  

Sep 14, 2016 10:24 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Sometimes I have to just laugh out loud because I know it is the devil trying to ruin my day!i

Feb 28, 2016 07:45 AM

Love this idea!  Gonna have to try it out!

Apr 23, 2016 11:46 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Ormond Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Daytona Beach Area Florida Homes

I love this post. A good reminder to try to lighten it up and find the humor and laugh more every day. Thanks for following my blog, I really appreciate it and hope you enjoy reading my posts in the future. 

Feb 29, 2016 01:41 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I've never been a good joke teller, but love to be around happy, jovial people. Laughter is indeed the best medicine and is good for the soul as well.

Mar 19, 2016 04:52 AM
NextHome Realty Center - Cypress, TX
The 'Golden' Experience Team!

Me too and I agree that it's good for the soul!

Mar 19, 2016 06:36 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Barb Kelley 

I loved reading this post and totally agree with you that laughter is the best medicine. Believing the glass is half full vs. half empty is a positive way to live your life and healthier too. Love your profile picture with your beautiful dog!

Mar 20, 2016 09:59 AM

Thanks, Kristin!  I have always believed that.  Thanks for the comment on Sadie,  She is my precious rescued 'Golden' and has obtained several clients for me.  I rebranded in January -- Have a 'Golden' experience with the Barb Kelley Team and she sparks lots of interest and conversations wherever we go. I think I'll keep her-LOL

Mar 21, 2016 02:09 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi Barb Kelley,  I am stopping by to thank you for clicking on my 'Follow' button; I saw your positive and happy posts and just knew I had to click on the button to 'Follow' you.  I rarely miss a day to read one of Larry Gray's (Lakeland, Fl.) posts. Perhaps you have read his daily 'funny' jokes.  Barb, I so agree with your post and the importance and benefits of a smile, a giggle, a chuckle, a laugh.  Happy to meet you, Barb...Have a wonderful Friday. 

Apr 22, 2016 04:13 AM
NextHome Realty Center - Cypress, TX
The 'Golden' Experience Team!

Just clicked to 'follow' Larry.  Thanks for enjoying my post and the recommendation!

Apr 23, 2016 11:48 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Having a true comedian around always makes everything lighter. That genuine sense of humor is such a gift.

May 01, 2016 07:24 AM

Agree, it is a gift!  My husband is a great story teller.  Thanks for the post and call today!

May 01, 2016 10:17 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I like the message you're spreading. Sometimes it's a challenge to find something to laugh at - perhaps we should all start laughing at ourselves more often and quit trying to be perfect. There is no human being perfect.

Sep 13, 2016 04:34 PM
NextHome Realty Center - Cypress, TX
The 'Golden' Experience Team!

Thanks, Patricia!  I agree -- today was one of those challenging ones and I appreciate your stopping by to comment about our trying to be perfect.  I needed that!  

Sep 14, 2016 10:30 AM