Laughter and health

2 Oct

Hearty laughter may lower your blood pressure, increase your heart rate, reduce stress, ease muscle tension, improve your breathing, boost mental function, and burn calories! Imagine nurturing your body and mind with all of these health benefits when you laugh.

HPIM1121Imagine being prescribed laughter for weight loss. It is not as silly as it sounds. Doctor William Fry Jr. coined the terms “internal aerobics” and “stationary jogging” to describe the physical effects of a good belly laugh. His research found that laughter, like physical exercise speeds up heart rate, expands circulation and enhances oxygen intake. In fact, he calculated that 100 to 200 belly-laughs a day is the equivalent of a high-impact workout that can help you burn off as many as 500 calories.

In addition, laughter has been known to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone in our body), ease muscle tension and increase the body’s T-Cell count (type of white blood cell that circulate around our bodies, scanning for cellular abnormalities and infections).

In the book Laughter, A Scientific investigation by Robert R. Provine’s, it is stated that laughter can be instrumental in brain health programs. The psychological benefits of laughter include: increased catecholamine (known to boost mental function), increased pain tolerance levels, and reduced levels of stress which produces an emotional high.

Promote laughter by spending time reminiscing funny events and special celebrations or watching old and new movies. Here is a simple routine to follow that can promote a healthy lifestyle and help you prevent disease:

  • Eat a healthy diet everyday
  • Exercise, even if it is walking a few extra steps each day
  • Get enough sleep at night to feel rested
  • Drink water instead of high sugar drinks and soda
  • Spend time with people who are important to you
  • Laugh, laugh, and laugh – because hearty laughter has a positive relationship to a healthy lifestyle.

 

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One Response to “Laughter and health”

  1. Pamela Turner October 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    Reblogged this on UGA GreenWay News and commented:
    Researchers say laughter is good for your health. Go out and laugh this weekend!

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