Food for Thought – Laughter

Food for Thought – Laughter

Whether you believe this quote is from Proverbs 17:22, ‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine… or Harry Ward Beecher, “Mirth is God’s best medicine”  either way I too BELIEVE:

 

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Did you know…“Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles,” says Dr. Gulshan Sethi, head of cardiothoracic surgery at the Tucson Medical Center and faculty at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

Here are six reasons to hopefully inspire you to laugh more and pay it forward to all who need more laughter.

  • Laughter is Contagious ~ like when people smile at you and you smile back. People like the chewbaca lady go viral on YouTube with her infectious laugh.
  • Laughter Increases Resilience ~  Laughing at mistakes allows us to recognize that making errors is a part of being human. The ability to acknowledge mistakes without becoming angry or frustrated plays an important role in developing resilience. People who are resilient are happier and more successful.
  • Laughter Combats Depression ~ Study’s actually support this, EVEN forced laughter releases a cocktail of hormones, neuropeptides, and dopamine that can start to improve your mood.
  • Laughter Relieves Pain ~ As far as physical pain, the amount of pain remains the same but your perceived pain levels reduce and your belief that you can cope increases.
  • Laughter Boosts Immunity ~ According to studies, laughter appears to improve many things including your immunity.  Still in the discovery stages but anything that keep stress away will of course boost your well being and immune system in my opinion.
  • Laughter Reduces the Stress Response ~ Laughing contracts muscles, which increases blood flow and oxygenation. Which then stimulates the heart and lungs, triggering the release of endorphins that help you to feel more relaxed both physically and emotionally.

The best study on laughter including killing cancer cells from the Kentucky school of nursing written by Mary P Bennett

 

 

Please pass this on to happy and grumpy people,

oxox Ms Foodie

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