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Humor Me: Laughter Leads To Longevity

Time and time again, studies have shown that people who have a positive outlook and find humor in everyday situations can actually live longer! A daily dose of belly laughs can improve your mental and physical state, making the case that laughter really is the best medicine.

Laughter boosts your immune system.

Positive thoughts and laughter help to release cells in the body that strengthen your immune system and fight illnesses, making you less likely to get sick. On the occasions when you do become sick, your body will be ready with the cells it needs to respond to the illness.

Laughter keeps your heart healthy.
After a good laugh, your heart rate and oxygen intake increase. This allows oxygen to flow more freely through your blood vessels and can reduce blood pressure levels. With improved function of the heart, your risk of a heart disease decreases.

Laughter releases endorphins.

The act of laughing triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel good” chemicals. Endorphins play a big role in your mental health, connection with others and overall personal satisfaction, so the more giggles the better! 

Laughter relieves stress.
When you laugh, you actively reduce the amount of stress hormones, known as cortisol, and inflammation found in your body. The entire body relaxes for up to 45 minutes after laughing, relieving muscle tension, improving your mood and reducing anxiety.

Laughter increases brain function.

The increased blood flow that results from laughing is also good for the brain. It can improve brain function and memory and help to combat depression. Laughter can also help improve coping skills and spark creativity.

Look on the bright side and start with a smile today! Get together with a group of good friends, watch a funny movie or comedian, play with your kids or grandkids, or spend time with a pet. You’ll be more apt to find humor in life and, in turn, reap the mental and physical benefits of laughter.


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