Laughing for your health; benefits for the brain & body

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Health benefits of laughingThose of us over 50 remember a slower time. Growing up, we played outside until dark, climbed trees, played in the river, and boredom was filled with books and listening to the radio.

Today, we’re bombarded with non-stop information, social media and busy schedules. Stress levels are high, worrying about bills and health can take its toll. We rub the knots in our neck, medicate our headaches and lose sleep.

Stress affects different areas of the body and manifests itself in lots of ways:

What can you do to reduce stress and help the body return to a balanced state of health?

What if reducing stress and having better health is as simple as watching baby videos?

Health benefits of laughter

Researchers have been studying the positive affects of laughing on health. Results have shown positive affects on short term memory and brain function. It’s even a therapy used with cancer patients.

An article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information had this to say about the effects of laughter on the body:

Findings range from suggesting that, in addition to a stress-relief effect, laughter can bring about feelings of being uplifted or fulfilled to showing that the act of laughter can lead to immediate increases in heart rate, respiratory rate, respiratory depth, and oxygen consumption.These increases are then followed by a period of muscle relaxation, with a corresponding decrease in heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure.”  Wow!

Sources of laughter

So now it’s time to get serious about laughing! Make it a goal to find laughter throughout your day. Find funny YouTube videos or have coffee with that friend who always makes you laugh.

Here are some of my favorite books that make me laugh:

Make laughing a habit

We check our phones multiple times a day (or multiple times an hour). Negativity is rampant in the news, in social media and sometimes at our workplace. Make laughing a priority.  Bookmark funny quotes, memes and videos, anything to bring a smile to your face and a giggle in your middle. 

And remember:

There are no negative side effects to the body from laughter, unless of course you roll on the floor laughing and run into a table!

Leave a comment and let me know what makes you laugh!

 

Kristy KlenkKristy Klenk has reached the 55 (and counting) birthday and finds this stage of life and aging an interesting adventure. For over 20 years she has been on a journey of living a holistic lifestyle and continues to research its positive effects on aging.

 

Disclaimer: Information found on this website or links to other websites are for informational purposes only and not intended for medical advice.  You know your body and your physical, emotional and mental situation. Consult your physician before making any changes.

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