Saturday, July 5, 2008

Where is your Laughing Place?

Did you know that laughter is healthy for you? Yup it sure is! I was surfing the web and found some researches on laughter, and I found out some cool stuff! Here's what I've learned: Researchers have been aware that the ability to laugh is helpful to those coping with major illness and the stress of life's problems. But researchers are now saying laughter can do a lot more -- it can basically bring balance to all the components of the immune system, which helps us fight off diseases. When we're laughing, natural killer cells that destroy tumors and viruses increase, as do Gamma-interferon (a disease-fighting protein), T-cells, which are a major part of the immune response, and B-cells, which make disease-destroying antibodies. (Ain't is cool?!!) What may surprise you even more-- and what surprised me was the fact that researchers estimate that laughing 100 times is equal to 10 minutes on the rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike. Laughing can be a total body workout! Blood pressure is lowered, and there is an increase in vascular blood flow and in oxygenation of the blood, which further assists healing. Laughter also gives your diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg and back muscles a workout. That's why you often feel exhausted after a long bout of laughter -- you've just had an aerobic workout! So find your Laughing Place! It's in there somewhere! So to put it bluntly: If you laugh, you live longer. Plain and Simple.

1 comment:

Jason & Annie said...

So TRUE! Thanks for the reminder, I needed that today! Everybody does need a laughing place!