Laughing Leads to a Pain-Free Superhuman Existence


Oh, phew, more reasons to re-watch every episode of Louie instead of doing something terrible involving a StairMaster. A new study shows that laughing with friends releases endorphins, which in turn increase our threshold for pain, presumably until we are an elite breed of superhumans impervious to discomfort, our guffaws ringing gaily throughout the land.

A slightly more surprising finding was that “when subjects watched something that does not naturally elicit laughter, pain thresholds do not change (and are often lower).” In other words, saying that something is so un-funny that it physically hurts might actually have some truth to it, instead of just being a douchily hyperbolic complaint. You still probably don’t wanna say that though, ‘cause it is pretty douchey.