Live to laugh? Or laugh to live?

They say laughter is the best medicine. Well, nothing could be truer.  Statistics have shown many interesting things about how laughter affects the body:

1) Laughter relaxes the whole body: A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress for up to 45 minutes after.

2) Laughter boosts the immune system: Laughter decreases the stress hormones in the body, increases immune cells, thus improving the body’s ability to fight disease.

3) Laughter triggers the release of endorphins: Endorphins are the body’s all natural “feel good” chemicals. They promote an overall sense of well-being and can even relieve pain.

4) Laughter protects the heart (yes, the heart!): Laughing improves the function of blood vessels, increasing blood circulation through the body; therefore, helping to protect you against heart attacks or other cardiovascular issues.

So, after looking at all laughter does for our physical body, what about mentally and socially? Well think about it for a second…When one is laughing, he cannot be angry, sad or anxious. Laughter relieves stress and replaces it with joy and zest. In relationships, laughter can not only strengthen them, but enhances teamwork and helps defuse conflict.

A great writer, E.E. Cummings, once said, “The only day wasted is one without laughter.”

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