Laughter Is The World’s Best Medicine

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Laughing is one of the best things you can do for your health. It lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system and promotes social bonding. There’s a new study that shows how belly laughing is good for the arteries. OMGosh, my son has had the most contagious belly laugh on the planet since he was 3 months old!

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This kind of laughing goes to the point that it is even benefiting those even remotely listening. I just love that.

In a recent study, Greek scientists found that when people watched a comedy show, their coronary arteries actually became more flexible. Why? Laughing reduces your body’s production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which usually causes the arteries to stiffen (fight or flight mode).

So humor is just plain infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy….I mean, how can you help it?

Laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter have the ability to physically strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress (the cortisol response). Best of all, this priceless form of medicine is fun, free, and easy to use….and spreads like a prairie fire. ( :

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Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict, depression and anxiety. It’s a gift in a moments notice. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh, especially a loud belly laugh. Who can resist it? Especially from a child. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert….and just plain cracks you up, how can you not just let it go and lighten up?

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems….and only humans possess this amazing ability. We should appreciate it, seize it every chance we get, letting it enhance our relationships, and supporting both our physical and emotional health.

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  • Laughter relaxes the whole entire body. Have you ever noticed? It’s better than a massage. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

  • Laughter boosts the immune system….wow, really? Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Why aren’t we all laughing more?

  • 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.

  • Laughter protects the heart and improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

I just LOVE to laugh. I have a saying…..”if you can’t laugh, you’re dead”. Well….because I can always laugh, well most of the time….or at least eventually. It’s such a release, it’s so incredibly healthy, and it lets others in on your experience. Give in to the moment…..and LAUGH!!!! ( :

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One thought on “Laughter Is The World’s Best Medicine

    Letting Go | HW Success said:
    October 31, 2013 at 3:12 am

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