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Running with the Big Dog

Laugh More for Good Health

Live longer, be happier - laugh more!

Laugher Really Is the Best Medicine

It’s a well-known saying that may actually be true, according to a number of

studies. Evidence suggests laughter is a true health promoter, helping reduce

stress, boost your heart rate, increase circulation, and even burn calories.

For example, laughter helps combat stress, which is well-known to decrease

immune-system response. Less stress means a better immune system, making your

body less prone to infection and disease. Reducing stress levels also makes it

easier to fall asleep, and as has been discussed in this publication on several

occasions, poor and/or inadequate sleep can contribute to a whole host of

negative health consequences.

But how could laughter possibly burn calories? It’s actually a simple concept,

if you think about it: When you laugh, your body moves in various ways; muscles

throughout the body stretch and, depending on the strength of the laugh, your

abdomen and other areas of the body may even contract repeatedly. That’s a

workout and a laugh all in one!

It all boils down to finding ways to relax, reduce your stress levels, and enjoy

life – a great recipe for a healthy, happy life for you and your whole family.

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , | 2 Comments