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7 HEALTH REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD LAUGH MORE

Written By OLUSEYE AJAYI on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 9:00 AM

RESEARCHERS SAY LAUGHTER REALLY IS GOOD FOR YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH:
  • LAUGHTER STRENGTHENS THE BODY’S ABILITY TO FIGHT DISEASES: It increases the body’s ability to produce and release a bacteria-and-vi­rus-fighter known as salivary immunoglobin A (s-IgA).
  • LAUGHTER FIGHTS STRESS: Stressed individuals have higher levels of a hormone called cortisol. Studies show that laughter lowers cortisol levels in the body, which makes laughter a natural stress buster. Much of the stress we experience is related to how we think. Laughing after an embarrassing mistake you made, for example, is far less stressful than losing sleep or remaining stressed over it.
  • LAUGHTER CAN LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE: An ability to laugh at your own mistakes also is a good way to lower blood pressure.
  • LAUGHTER CAUSES POSITIVE CHANGES IN BRAIN CHEMISTRY by releasing endorphins, and it brings more oxygen into the body with the deeper inhalations.
  • LAUGHTER INCREASES ENERGY LEVELS: Feeling tired or run down? Laughter is a natural pick-me-up!
  • LAUGHTER HELPS US BOND: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you." Research suggests that when we laugh, we tend to talk more, make more eye contact and do more of the things that help us connect with others. Laughter also lessens tension. It’s hard to feel angry, tense or anxious when you’re laughing.
  • LAUGHTER IS GOOD EXERCISE: Laughing 100 times has the same effect on the body as being on a rowing machine for 10 minutes, or a stationary bike for 15 minutes. Vigorous laughter increases the heart rate, deepens the breathing rate, and uses muscles in the face, stomach and diaphragm.
Laughter isn’t only about jokes and funny stories. Some suggest it’s more about relationships. Laughter helps us bond, and encourages us to focus on "right" attitudes rather than the "wrong" ones.

Life is too short not to enjoy it. People who laugh often have a tendency to be more popular and welcome, and tend to have a greater impact on group decisions.

FIND TIME TO HAVE A GOOD LAUGH TODAY AND EVERYDAY!
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