Are you feeling “blue”… stressed out… or simply unhappy with life? According to The Mayo Clinic, you need to add more laughter to your life because laughing can help you handle much of the negative that life can throw at you. The effects of a good sense of humor can not only mentally lift your load, but it can also cause some very positive physical changes, as well.
And the wonderful effects of a good laugh can benefit you both on a short-term basis… and over the long haul. Take a look at what laughter can do for you.
Short-term benefits can include stimulating your organs such as your heart, lungs and muscles, and increasing the endorphins that are released by your brain… firing up and then cooling down your stress response and increasing your heart rate and blood pressure to promote a nice relaxed feeling… and easing digestion and stimulating circulation which helps reduce physical symptoms of stress.
But laughter can also promote more long-term health benefits including…
- Relieving pain since a good laugh can cause the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
- Boosting your immune system by releasing neuropeptides that help fight stress and possibly more serious illnesses.
- Increasing your personal satisfaction because laughter can make even difficult situations a little easier to deal with.
How can you add more laughter to your life? It’s much simpler than you might imagine. Pick out a few funny pictures or comic strips that make you laugh and hang them in places where you can see them, look for ways to laugh at your own situations and always make it a game to find the humor in every situation in life—and be sure to associate with people who do the same. The key is to laugh long and laugh often when you’re by yourself… or share happy laughter with others… but never laugh at the expense of others.
Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 18 years experience specializing in chronic degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif., he serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems.
Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and the Founder and Editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter—a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients and is Medical Advisor for True Health™—America's #1 source for doctor-formulated nutrients that heal.
For more information visit www.truehealth.com.
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