Laughter is truly the best Rx

September 18, 2010

Laughter’s great for your health.

The late author, Norman Cousins, famously fought heart disease by training himself to laugh. He firmly believed that the biochemistry of human emotions could be harnessed to fight illness and disease.

He suffered from several serious ailments besides heart disease, and credited laughter with helping him live much longer than physicians believed he would.

Laughter’s attractive to others, too. The key to my heart has always been held by someone who can make me laugh and I think lots of women feel the same way.

So look for the ridiculous, the humorous, the silly in life. And laugh. Hard and often. It’s good for you!
This is another in a series of posts on easy ways to promote good health.

One comment on “Laughter is truly the best Rx
  1. Anonymous says:

    Laughing and crying are the same exact release! They release virtually the same chemicals in your body isn’t that weird?

    Good health is one of the many benefits of laughter. Laughter reduces our stress levels by reducing the level of stress hormones, and also helps us cope with serious illnesses.

    Physiologically, laughter promotes healing, by lowering the blood pressure, and by increasing the vascular blood flow and the oxygenation of the blood.

    Physical fitness stemming from laughter is a benefit known to few. Scientists estimate that laughing 100 times is equivalent to a 10-minute workout on a rowing machine, or to 15 minutes on a stationary exercise bike. The mere act of laughing exercises the diaphragm, as well as the abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles.

    Another benefit of laughter is that it improves our over-all mental health. Pent up negative emotions, such as anger, fear, and sadness, can cause biochemical changes in our bodies that can produce a harmful effect.

    Laughter provides a harmless outlet for these negative emotions, and provides a coping mechanism for dealing with difficult or stressful situations.

    One thing is for sure people like you much better if you a humorous…it is the great equalizer and it is a great ice breaker.

    Have a HAPPY DAY hahahahaha.


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