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The health benefits of laughter

 
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Laughter is a universal language. Babies can laugh before they learn to speak, and in some cases, laughter can be contagious. Even smiling is a mild, silent form of laughing. Laughter can relieve stress, and laughing for 15 minutes each day burns about 10 to 40 calories.

A good chuckle can’t cure everything, but research has shown that laughter:
  • Lowers blood pressure by expanding blood vessels
  • Boosts your immune system by decreasing stress hormones
  • Is a natural pain killer because it increases endorphin levels
  • Improves brain function and stress levels by easing muscle tension
  • Tones facial muscles and nourishes the skin, making it glow

To help increase the amount of laughter in your life, try following these healthy tips:
  • Be aware of humorous moments in each day, and don’t take yourself too seriously
  • During dinner with family, share something funny that happened that day
  • Watch funny movies and television shows
  • Reflect on funny times in your past
  • Pay attention to children, and be more like them – they are experts on playing, taking life lightly and laughing

Your health is no laughing matter, so take some time to relax, smile and crack a joke. You’d be surprised by how much a little laughter will boost your mood and benefit your health.
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