Archive for January, 2010

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

It’s a well-known saying that may actually be true, according to a number of studies. Evidence suggests laughter is a true health promoter, helping cut stress, boost your heart rate, increase circulation, and even burn calories. For example, laughter helps combat stress, which is well-known to decrease immune-system response. Less stress means a better immune system, making your body less prone to infection and disease. Reducing stress levels also makes it easier to fall asleep, and as has been discussed in this publication on several occasions, poor and/or inadequate sleep can give to a whole host of negative health consequences. But how could laughter possibly burn calories? It’s actually a simple concept, if you think about it: When you laugh, your body moves in various ways; muscles throughout the body stretch and, depending on the strength of the laugh, your abdomen and other areas of the body may even contract repeatedly. That’s a workout and a laugh all in one! It all boils down to finding ways to relax, reduce your stress levels, and enjoy life – a great recipe for a healthy, happy life for you and your whole family.

This is a recent excerpt from my monthly emailed newsletter To Your Health.  Sign up at: . I look forward to hearing your comments.

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