Laughter is the best medicine

Does this line sound familiar ? Subscribers to Reader’s Digest magazine will know why.  It is an apt caption for the jokes section.

There are a lot of health benefits of laughter. People who often see the funny side of situations they are caught up in, are seldom depressed.

Mental benefits– Laughter and a good sense of humor cushions you against the negatives of life.  You tend to fight stress better and feel less lonely

Physical benefits– Studies have shown that people who laugh a lot tend to be in good health. In fact laughter therapy is widely used in cancer patients to improve the quality of their lives

Better heart health– when we laugh, there is an increase of oxygen rich blood flow in the body, probably due to the release of endorphins. This improves heart health too.

Activate and relieve your stress response-  A good laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. This gives you a relaxed feeling

So, find ways to bring a lot of laughter into your life. Watch a funny movie, hangout with cheerful friends, look at the funny side of situations, join a laughter group- Get a pet as they bring a lot of happiness and laughter to your life

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