Why Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine

We all have that one friend who you can say the most random things to and within seconds you’re experiencing serious belly laugh pandemonium.

They can be the best moments. Turning a crappy day into one of the funniest, dissolving worries and fears. And then finding yourself hours later randomly laughing out loud as your mind takes you back to the moment the fits of laughter began. This often happens to me when I am on my commute home, frightening my fellow travellers as I haphazardly erupt into bouts of laughter.

One of my colleagues who I now consider to be a good friend has recently been my belly laugh companion. I would love to share some of the causes for this but they need to come with a censor and are far too inappropriate to share online. Sorry guys!


Photo. Cred: David Calderon / Unsplash

The point I am trying to make here is that laughter really is the best medicine.  But why?


When a loved one is laughing (and especially uncontrollably), I find myself smiling and laughing with them.


Laughter brings us closer, sharing stories and having a common platform to feel at ease helps us be more open with each other.


We all suffer from difficult situations, times that test us and can result in great pain. When we feel this way the last thing we want to do is laugh, it’s challenging to feel we have anything to giggle about. But laughing releases endorphins which can help relieve pain and suffering, allowing optimism.


Grumpy people exude ‘leave me alone’ vibes, they can often alienate others. But people who are comical and friendly attract loyal and loving relationships. I know which camp I would rather be in!

I have recently had botox to minimise my crows-feet which I prefer to call my laughter lines, now I think I should have kept them and been proud of my years of hilarity! It has been said on many occasion that if a Day in the Life of Nicci McShane  TV show was made, it would be a hit but I think for now I will keep my bizarre, random and ludicrous comments off the big screen!


I’m the type of girl who will burst out laughing in dead silence,
because of something that happened yesterday

May the belly laughs continue, it would seem that from an early age, the same expressions and happiness have emanated and you know what, I’m kinda proud of that…


And a big shout out to my fellow belly laugher – this one is for you!

Now you have at least four more reasons to laugh, have fun!

By Nicci McShane






  1. March 26, 2019 / 8:14 am

    Nice one Nicci. Loved it. I’m blessed with two sons who have both mastered belly ache laughters and they seem to find enough reasons to daily indulge in this.

    • niccimcshane
      March 26, 2019 / 8:18 am

      Thanks lovely that’s very kind of you. When you just hear the belly laugh it makes my day!

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