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Laughter is the best medicine

shutterstock_601694048.163928Laughter really is the best medicine….and it’s the cheapest!! 

In support of this year’s Comic Relief, let’s remind ourselves why Red Nose Day works!!


  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes afterwards.


  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.


  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.


  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.


  • Laughter burns calories. OK, so it’s no replacement for proper exercise, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn about 40 calories—which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year!


  • Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put our problems into perspective and help us to move on from confrontations without holding onto any bitterness or deep resentment.


  • Laughter may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The findings’ difference was particularly noticeable for those battling cancer.

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