Month: March 2013

13 Ways Laughter Nourishes Writers

A guest post by Debra Johnson

You know the old saying “laughter is the best medicine?” Well, it turns out it’s really true. Laughter does so much for the human body that it’s no wonder we love to laugh. 
1. Improves your sleep quality and helps to treat insomnia – Getting a good night’s rest is so important. Laughter helps relax and put you in the right frame of mind to get some great REM sleep.
2. Makes you more open-minded – We are always talking about how people need to be more understanding and compassionate towards one another. Maybe all we need is a good laugh.
3. Improves your memory – I don’t know about you, but if laughing helps me to remember what I came in the next room to get, then I’m all for it.
4. Boosts your problem solving ability and creativity – I think I will start listening to comedians the next time I have to be creative and think outside the box.
5. Reduces your anxiety and depression – I wonder if nervous laughter happens for this reason?
6. Bolsters your immune system – I can’t help but think of that clown doctor movie with Robin Williams…
7. Stimulates the release of your endorphins and puts you in a positive mood – And as we all know, happy people don’t kill their husbands. Sorry, bad movie quote habit.
8. Protects you against heart attacks–That is a valuable benefit. I know a few people who could stand to laugh more often, don’t you?
9. Makes men appear more desirable to women – I wonder if the opposite is true. I would think so.
10. Strengthens your relationships with others by increasing your sense of trust – Sharing a laugh with friends is one of the warmest feelings ever.
11. Increases your blood flow by improving blood vessel function – This probably has something to do with number eight…
12. Relieves the tension in your muscles – Let’s just hope your bladder muscles stay intact.
13. Raises your pain tolerance – The next time I stub my toe I’ll try to laugh about it… No.
As a writer, you should remember that humor is a huge part of life. Inject more humor into your writing and help your readers to experience these benefits.
About the Author: 
This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of She welcomes your comments at her email Id: –