Add a dose of laughter to your life

Submitted on Saturday July 20th, 2013
hospice winston-salem

Don’t you just somehow feel better when you laugh? It turns out, that’s not just fantasy.
Laughter has physical and emotional health benefits.

Studies show that laughter

  • supports the heart. If we’re laughing, we’re not stressing. The stress hormones are the root cause of heart attacks because they damage the circulatory system;
  • relaxes muscles. Good, deep breathing is part of laughing. It stimulates oxygen flow to the muscles and triggers muscle relaxation;
  • lessens pain. The body’s natural pain-relieving hormones, the endorphins, are released when we laugh;
  • boosts immunity. Laughter helps combat infections and other diseases by triggering better antibody response at the cellular level;

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