Have You Laughed Today?

Have You Laughed Today?

By Kinga Aitken-Baboczi MD MPH

Laughing“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health” Paul E. McGhee PhD

You probably heard this saying before: laughter is the best medicine. Guess what?? Laughter is the best medicine. It is recommended for everyone, there are no unpleasant side effects and it is completely FREE!!!!

Laughter is a great stress reliever. Once you start laughing your mood instantly brightens.

Laughter aliviates some of the physical symptoms of stress by stimulating circulation and muscle relaxation. A healthy  chuckle translates into a great internal workout. It works out the heart, the diaphgram, the abs and shoulders leaving you with a relaxed feeling afterwards for up to 45 minutes.

Laughter is not just a quick “pick-me-up”, it improves overall health on the long term as well. It boosts the immune system and improves resistance to diseases by reducing the production of stress hormones and by increasing the production of immune cells and infection fighting antibodies.

Laughter relieves pain by increasing the release of endorphines by the brain. Endorphines are known to be the body`s natural pain killer.

Since laughter has so many proven benefits, everyone should learn to laugh more. Don`t take life so seriously, don`t take everything personally, laugh at yourself, dance, allow yourself to be silly, socialize, watch a comedie every week, read two jokes every day, spend time around children.

Laugh out loud-doctor`s orders! Start immediately!

“And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.” Friedrich Nietzsche

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