Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

| March 29, 2013 | 3 Comments

  laughter is the best medicine

What does laughter do to us?

Laughter lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthens the immune system, reduces physical tension and relieves emotional stress.

Hearing or seeing someone laugh is more contagious then a flu or cold because it is instantaneous. 

The average child laughs more than 200 times per day, while the average adult laughs about 10 times per day. according to Certified laugh specialist Mi­chele B. Granberg.

How is it that laughter is the best medicine?    

  • Laughter is free! There is no cost for those who enjoy a good joke.

  • Laughter appears to burn calories, too. Maciej Buchowski, a researcher from Vanderbilt University, conducted a small study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turned out that 10-15 minutes of laughter burned 50 calories.  While the results are intriguing, don’t be too hasty in ditching that treadmill. One piece of chocolate* has about 50 calories; at the rate of 50 calories per hour, losing one pound would require about 12 hours of concentrated laughter!

  • Laughter relaxes your the whole body.  A big laugh relieves physical tension and stress; your muscles will be relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

  • Laughter strengthens the immune system as it decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells.

  • Laughter of course makes you happy as it triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

  • Laughter helps create a healthy heart. It increases blood flow, which can help protect you from cardiovascular problems

  • Laughter can make aches and pains seem less severe. Our focus changes as we laugh.

  • There is nothing bad in laughter we have to avoid. It contains no white sugar, no dumb carbs, no gluten, and no chemical additives.

 

laughter is the best medicine

When we bring laughter back into our lives, we bring back the joy of living and that in itself is healing.

To be healthy of course we need to be getting Good Nutrition, Good Quality Sleep, Daily Exercise and to be Breathing Deeply.

But are you laughing enough to keep yourself healthy?

Take the multiple choice laughter survey: Click here

“….Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever!” 

Post your nutrition/health jokes and funny photos here. 

I will start with a few. 

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“By the time you’re 80 years old, you’ve learned everything,” comedian George Burns once said.”You only have to remember it.”

“You know you’re getting old,” he also said, “when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.”

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.  - Orson Welles

If you want a good laugh go to this article; you have to go right to the end to get it:  Randy Tries Dr. Oz’s Banana Conditioner

 

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About Diana Herrington

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.

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  1. Carla says:

    Hi did great on the laughter test – yahoo.. Yes I believe laughter is a great way to heal ourselves – love your article. Too bad we couldn’t loose more weight this way though.

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