Laughter as Medicine
By Sarah Axtell, ND • September 11, 2012
When was the last time you had a gut-wrenching laugh? Surround yourself with people that make you laugh to reap all the healthy benefits…
- Laughter relaxes the whole body
- Laughter boosts the immune system, decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells, thus improving your resistance to disease.
- Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
- Laughter protects the heart by improving blood vessels and increasing blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Laugh and be well!
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.