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Does laughing have any benefits to my health?

No doubt you have personal stories of the impact that someone's sense of humor, their joie' de vivre', has affected their health. But as much as you've heard it before, it is true----laughter is good for your health. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  2. Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  3. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  4. Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

So, go ahead, plug in your favorite comedy movie, sit back and laugh!!!

Pam Grout
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
At the turn of the century, a doctor named Israel Waynbaum hypothesized that laughing gives the cells of the body an oxygen bath. This, he went on to say, elevates mood and induces a feeling of exuberance that persists long after the joke is over. He also said that chronic non-laughers have the most breathing problems. So anytime the opportunity presents itself, have a good belly laugh.
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