Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?
What does laughter do to us?
Laughter lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthens the immune system, reduces physical tension, and relieves emotional stress.
Hearing or seeing someone laugh is more contagious than a flu or cold because it is instantaneous.
The average child laughs more than 200 times per day, while the average adult laughs only about 10 times per day, according to Certified laugh specialist Michele B. Granberg.
How is laughter the best medicine?
- Laughter is free! There is no cost for those who enjoy a good joke and of course no cost to the environment.
- Laughter appears to burn calories, too. Maciej Buchowski, a researcher from Vanderbilt University, conducted a small study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turns out that 10-15 minutes of laughter burned 50 calories. While the results are intriguing, don’t be too hasty by ditching that treadmill. One piece of chocolate contains about 50 calories. At the rate of 50 calories per hour, losing one pound would require about 12 hours of concentrated laughter!
- Laughter relaxes your whole body. A big laugh relieves physical tension and stress. Your muscles will stay relaxed for up to 45 minutes after a good laugh!
- Laughter strengthens the immune system because it decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells.
- Laughter (of course) makes you happy as it 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.
- Laughter helps create a healthy heart. It increases blood flow, which can help protect you from cardiovascular problems.
- Laughter can make aches and pains seem less severe because it shifts our focus, distracting us.
- Laughing alkalizes the body. Stress creates toxicity in our digestive system and tissues which the body must clean with alkaline minerals. Less stress means more alkaline minerals left over and more alkaline health benefits.
- Laughter has no negative side effects. The damaging effects of mood altering drugs are well known.
When we bring laughter back into our lives, we bring back the joy of living and that, in itself, is healing.
Are you laughing enough to keep yourself healthy?
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“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever!”
Post your nutrition/health jokes and funny photos in the comments!
I will start with a few.
“By the time you’re 80 years old, you’ve learned everything,” comedian George Burns once said. “You only have to remember it.”
“You know you”re getting old”, he also said, “when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.”
“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.” – Orson Welles
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