Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Livin' Lean Topic Tuesday: Laughing All the Way


I try my best not to take certain things in life too seriously. Learning to laugh is definitely great medicine for the soul, so I've learned. Life is a lot more fun that way. But did you know that laughter is also pretty good for the body too? Ever laugh so hard your stomach muscles hurt or smile so long your cheeks were sore? It's 'cause you are workin' those 'happy' muscles! Now, I'm not saying that watching Elf or Christmas Vacation can substitute for your exercise routine this holiday season. Oh, if it were only that easy. All I'm doing is giving you one more excuse to choose a lighter approach to life. Laugh a little. It will help keep you healthy in both mind and body.

Other than burning a few extra calories, laughing can benefit the body in several other ways. Take a look!

 Physical Benefits to Laughing:

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.


Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, 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. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.




I hope you are all having a beautiful holiday season so far...laughing all the way! HA, HA, HA!



** Reference for laughing facts:  helpguide.org.

2 comments:

  1. You are so right!! I have never understood how something that is so good for us, can be so hard to do!

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  2. Well, not so much today, but generally... I should live to be 110!

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