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7 Research-Based Reasons to Laugh Every Chance You Get
Take advantage of emerging benefits for your mind, body, and social life. 

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. — Woody Allen

Everyone enjoys a good laugh, but who actually makes time for laughter in their lives? Sure, we enjoy hearing a funny joke, being around people with a good sense of humor, and watching comedies. But few of us take our laughs seriously (no pun intended) nor do we make a concerted effort to laugh more.

But we should! 

The science of laughter—though still preliminary—suggests that it has tremendous benefits for our health and psychological well-being. Here are just 7 from this emerging research:

Laughter improves your relationships. Research (link is external) shows that laughter makes you more open to new people and helps you build and strengthen relationships.
 Laughter boosts your memory and lowers your stress. A study (link is external) showed that laughter can sharpen your ability to remember things while also reducing the stress hormone cortisol, especially in older people.
 
Laughter makes you resilient. Ever had nervous laughter in an awkward or difficult situation? That’s because laughter may help you regulate your emotions in the face of challenge, one study (link is external) suggests. 
 
Laughter improves your health. For example, one study (link is external) of diabetic patients found that it lowers stress and inflammation and increases good cholesterol. Ever found yourself laughing while telling a joke or funny story, maybe because you were anticipating the ending? Another study (link is external) suggests that just anticipating a funny event boosts immune function while decreasing stress-related hormones.
 
Laughter makes you a better learner. When we are trying to learn something new, we're usually pretty serious but research (link is external) shows that a good laugh while learning new material will help you engage with it more.
 
Laughter makes you attractive.  A recent study (link is external) confirms that humor and playfulness are highly valued traits in potential romantic partners.
 
Laughter helps you make the world a better place. Why? It's contagious, at least on the level of the brain, according to research (link is external) by Sophie Scott.
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The Purpose of Emotions
How Our Feelings Help Us Survive and Thrive
 
By Kendra Cherry
Psychology Expert

Emotions can play an important role in how we think and behave. In order to truly understand emotions, it is important to understand the three critical components of an emotion. Our emotions are composed of a subjective component (how we experience the emotion), a physiological component (how our bodies react to the emotion), and an expressive component (how we behave in response to the emotion). These different elements can play a role in the function and purpose of our emotional responses. Our emotions can be short-lived, such as a flash of annoyance at a co-worker, or long-lasting, such as enduring sadness over the loss of a relationship. But why exactly do we experience emotions? What role do they serve?
Emotions motivate us -

Emotions can motivate us to take action.
When faced with a nerve-wracking exam, you might feel a lot of anxiety about whether you will perform well and how the test will impact your final grade. Because of these emotional responses, you might be more likely to study. Since you experienced a particular emotion, you had the motivation to take action and do something positive to improve your chances of getting a good grade. We also tend to take certain actions in order to experience positive emotions and minimize the probability of feeling negative emotions. For example, you might seek out social activities or hobbies that provide you with a sense of happiness, contentment, and excitement. On the other hand, you would probably avoid situations that might potentially lead to boredom, sadness, or anxiety.


Emotions help us survive, thrive, and avoid danger.
Naturalist Charles Darwin believed that emotions are adaptations that allow both humans and animals to survive and reproduce. When we are angry, we are likely to confront the source of our irritation. When we experience fear, we are more likely to flee the threat. When we feel love, we might seek out a mate and reproduce. Emotions serve an adaptive role in our lives by motivating us to act quickly and take actions that will maximize our chances for survival and success.
Emotions help us make decisions 
Our emotions have a major influence on the decisions we make, from what we decide to have for breakfast to which candidates we choose to vote for in political elections. Researchers have also found that people with certain types of brain damage affecting their ability to experience emotions also have a decreased ability to make good decisions. Even in situations where we believe our decisions are guided purely by logic and rationality, emotions play a key role. Emotional intelligence, or our ability to understand and manage emotions, has been shown to play an important role in decision-making.

Emotions allow other people to understand us.
When we interact with other people, it is important to give cues to help them understand how we are feeling. These cues might involve emotional expression through body language, such as various facial expressions connected with the particular emotions we are experiencing. In other cases, it might involve directly stating how we feel. When we tell friends or family members that we are feeling happy, sad, excited, or frightened, we are giving them important information that they can then use to take action.

Emotions allow us to understand others.
Just as our own emotions provide valuable information to others, the emotional expressions of those around us gives us a wealth of social information. Social communication is an important part of our daily lives and relationships, and being able to interpret and react to the emotions of others is essential. It allows us to respond appropriately and build deeper, more meaningful relationships with our friends, family, and loved ones. It also allows us to communicate effectively in a variety of social situations, from dealing with an irate customer to managing a hot-headed employee. Charles Darwin was one of the earliest researchers to scientifically study emotions. He suggested that emotional displays could also play an important role in safety and survival. If you encountered a hissing or spitting animal, it would clearly indicate that the creature was angry and defensive, leading to you back off and avoid possible danger. In much the same way, understanding the emotional displays of others gives us clear information about how we might need to respond in a particular situation.

4 Things You Can Do to Make Better Decisions

No matter how good you think you are at making decisions, you have probably made a few bad ones in your life. The judgments we make each day, whether large or small, are often influenced by decision-making errors, biases, prejudice, emotions, oversimplification, and error-prone mental shortcuts.So is there anything that you can do to make better choices? There are actually a number of research-demonstrated 
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