Did you know that seventy percent of disease processes are directly related to stress,  which triggers hormones that suppress the immune system,  raise blood pressure and can lead to fatal obstructions in arteries?

Cortisol and adrenaline are activated during times of stress, hostility and rage.  Adrenalin bombards the heart, forcing it to beat as if in a constant state of fight or flight.  Mental stress can cause inflammatory reactions that lead to fat and cholesterol build-up in the coronary arteries and ultimately to a heart attack.

Research has confirmed that intense laughter causes the body to produce dopamine, a natural stress-reducer, which  has a vital role in protecting health, provides a general calming and anti-depressing effect and can help reduce  potentially more-serious illnesses.
Dopamine lowers cortisol, a culprit for fat around our midsection and central organs.

Hearty laughter:

  • lowers blood pressure by increasing the diameter of the blood vessel which allows more blood flow.
  • boosts the immune system by increasing infection-fighting antibodies and T-cells (natural killer cells that destroy viruses and tumors). Many doctors attribute cancer patient’s longevity to their choice of a positive outlook by looking for the humor in every situation.
  • increases respiratory rate and enhances oxygen consumption, stimulating the heart and lungs and aiding muscle relaxation. Dr. Michael Miller, director of the Center of Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, recommends laughter as part of a heart healthy program for patients.
  • reduces pain. Researchers at Oxford University found that those who laughed at comedies tend to withstand pain longer, while laughing along with others relieved pain better than laughing alone.

Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, M.D wrote in  ‘A Book of Miracles: Inspiring True Stories of Healing, Gratitude, and Love’  that survivors who laugh, live longer.

Some effects of laughter are still present the next day.

Laughter is contagious.  When we see many people laughing, we end up laughing involuntarily, according to a study at University College of London.  Laughter connects us with those who make us laugh by making us feel more comfortable, and thus strengthens relationships.  Just try to watch this all the way through without laughing

Laughter has no side effects, is available for free, wherever you are. Choose to look for the humor in every situation in your daily life…and share your laughter with others.
A merry heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.(Proverbs 17:22)


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  1. Kelsey says:

    When you laugh out loud, you inhale deeply and your heart and breathing rates increase temporarily; then as these go back to normal, your blood pressure falls, muscles relax, stress levels drop, and your immune function improves.

    Everyone craves being needed. Volunteering and laughter are both healing. Combining the two, widows who volunteer find that shared laughter leads to camaraderie. Loving feelings as friendships form it is finally ok to laugh to feel alive again.

    As we age, we laugh at ourselves more sweetly.

    Laughter makes a difference….

    Today, do something nice for someone else. – Foster kids. for widows
    We all know about Sowing and reaping
    The power of a smile is incredible. It helps you stay optimistic, even in bad times. Share one and see how many you get back….
    Saying sweet, kind things (thoughts) helps. Talk positive-Don’t dwell on negative
    Hum a favorite tune. The humming will take your mind off of your problem and it is good for your voice. ..a day with Sunshine

  2. Sally says:

    Pleasurable Health Hacks That Actually Work BY TERESA DUMAIN says

    Cracking Up with Friends Increases Pain Tolerance Genuine, feel-it-in-your-gut laughter triggers the release of mood-boosting endorphins, which leads to a higher tolerance for pain. Researchers at Oxford University put frozen wine-chiller sleeves around volunteers’ arms both before and after having them watch funny sitcoms, stand-up comedy routines, or serious documentaries. Those who laughed could withstand pain longer, and laughing along with others relieved pain bet ter than did chuckling alone.

    Always laugh when you can. It’s cheap medicine- Lord Byron

  3. Christopher says:

    Laughter burns calories and just makes you happier on a daily basis. Laughing 100 times is equal to 10 minutes on a rowing machine.
    It can give your immune system a temporary boost, ease pain, relax arteries and offer your torso a mini workout.
    In a study of people in their late 60s and early 70’s memory improved and stress levels dropped for those who watch 20 minutes of the TV show America’s Funniest Home Videos.
    Waddle like a penguin as you make laughing sounds.
    Clap along as you chant ho-ho-ha-ha-ha. Get your spouse, kids or a friend in on it. The exercise is designed to elicit some of the physical benefits of spontaneous laughter–whether you’re in the mood or not.
    Doctors, psychologists and executive counselors advise it. A sense of humor will help you deal with the grim realities of life in a less stressful state of mind.

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