No matter how old you are, what language you speak or what your physical or mental abilities are, you can laugh.  The great comedic actor Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughing is a day wasted”.  While recognizing the importance of laughter in one way, Mr. Chaplin probably didn’t fully understand all the health benefits of a good laugh.   Laughter not only has a positive mental effect, but a positive physical effect too.  In fact, having a good sense of humor can actually lengthen one’s life.

Did you know that laughter actually lowers your blood pressure?

Laughing triggers a number of positive physiological responses that includes relaxation of the entire body, relieving muscle tension and stress.  A good laugh also leads to a reduction in blood pressure combined with a moderate increase in the heart rate and improved blood circulation and oxygen intake.

Did you know that laughter helps to relieve pain? ?

Laughter releases endorphins, natural feel-good substances that make you feel happy and have been proven to reduce the perception of physical pain.  Laughter’s anesthetic-like effect on the body, suppressing physical pain and discomfort, can last for up to two hours following a hearty chuckle.

Did you know laughter can improve your brain’s functioning and your mental state?

Recent studies indicate that humor can actually help improve cognitive functioning by activating all parts of the brain simultaneously.  The ability to laugh is closely tied to having a positive outlook on life, an important protective factor against numerous mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Laughing also promotes emotional well-being, helping people maintain a positive outlook and stable mood throughout the day. Laughing has been shown to help prevent the onset of many illnesses, while also emerging as one of the most powerful medicines for chronic and degenerative conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer.

Did you know laughter can help extend your life?

In an extensive, 7 year study by researchers in Norway, it was discovered that people with a sense of humor enjoyed a 20 percent lower mortality rate in comparison to those who had difficulty laughing at daily events.

Life is so funny at every age.  Sometimes you may have to dig a little, but there is comedy and humor all around us everyday.   Whether it’s a shared joke with a friend, movie at home alone or doing something “just for fun”, make an effort to laugh everyday. It’s good for you!

No matter how old you are, what language you speak or what your physical or mental abilities are, you can laugh.  

-- Laughter not only has a positive mental effect, but a positive physical effect too.  

-- Laughing triggers a number of positive physiological responses that includes relaxation of the entire body, relieving muscle tension and stress.  

-- A good laugh also leads to a reduction in blood pressure combined with a moderate increase in the heart rate and improved blood circulation and oxygen intake.

-- Laughter releases endorphins that make you feel happy and have been proven to reduce the perception of physical pain.  

-- Recent studies indicate that humor can actually help improve cognitive functioning by activating all parts of the brain simultaneously.  

-- Laughing has been shown to help prevent the onset of many illnesses, while also emerging as one of the most powerful medicines for chronic and degenerative conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer.

-- A 7 year study by researchers in Norway, discovered that people with a sense of humor enjoyed a 20 percent lower mortality rate in comparison to those who had difficulty laughing at daily events.

-- Life is so funny at every age.  

Whether it’s a shared joke with a friend, movie at home alone or doing something “just for fun”, make an effort to laugh everyday.    




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