A man took his wife to the doctor. After a short examination the doctor said, "Your wife's mind is completely gone!" To which the man replied, "I'm not surprised. She's been giving me a piece of it every day for the past 25 years!"
We all know that laughing feels good, but researchers are now confirming that laughter is good for us.
A study done at the University of Maryland Medical Center showed that laughter can actually relax arteries and increase blood flow.
Laughter is good aerobic exercise. It increases the heart rate, improves our ability to use oxygen, helps clear the lungs, and lowers blood pressure.
When we laugh, our muscles relax and tension is released. The production of stress hormones is reduced, and we feel a greater sense of control over our situation.
Humor and laughter have been shown to reduce anxiety and pain and to enhance the immune system.
Laughing makes us feel good because it stimulates the release of endorphins in the brain, natural substances which give us a feeling of euphoria.
Laughter is a form of communication which strengthens our bonds with other people, makes us feel younger, and gives us more energy.
Humor is a form of creative expression which helps us to cope with life's problems and allows us to comment on the human condition.
Laughter therapy is now being utilized by healthcare and mental health professionals to promote more positive outcomes in patients. Corporations have discovered that humor programs are an effective way to reduce stress in the workplace.
The next time you're feeling depressed or stressed, give yourself a little laughter therapy! Watch a funny movie, TV show, or favorite comedian. Pick up a joke book. Hang out with someone with a good sense of humor. Play with your kids. Do something silly and fun. Memorize your own jokes and tell them to everyone you meet. Throw an impromptu party.
As Thomas Edison once advised, "When down in the mouth, remember Jonah. He came out okay."
April 2, 2007
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