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Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

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.

To be healthy of course we need to get Good Nutrition, Good Quality Sleep, Daily Exercise, and to be Breathing Deeply.

Are you laughing enough to keep yourself healthy?

Take the multiple choice laughter survey: Click here

“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.

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“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

If you want a good laugh, check out this article. Click through to the second page for the punch line!: Randy Tries Dr. Oz’s Banana Conditioner

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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9:48PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Wouldn't it be cool if you could buy laughter? Money solves all problems...(i'm kidding).

4:54AM PDT on Aug 7, 2013


1:32PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Lovely article, really enjoyed reading the comments from the care 2 members.

10:19PM PDT on May 20, 2013

very nice article, thanks very much! :)

7:05AM PDT on May 16, 2013

lovely article.. I was smiling and laughing at the end, love a good laugh. Good jokes!!!!
Laughter is definitely therapy for the soul.

11:35AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

I love a good laugh.

5:46AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Niiiiice! :)

One of my favourite jokes :
It´s a guy who walks into a bar and says : it´s me. But... it wasn´t him.

Actually complete nonsense and it doesn´t make me laugh anymore, but I still tell it to people :P

6:46AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing...

9:27AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Thank you Diana, for Sharing this!

5:14AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Laughter is indeed the best medicine and it's contagious.

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