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A Laugh A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

A Laugh A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

By Susan Williams

Have you had a good chuckle today?

Even if you don’t feel like it – this may be one of the best things you can do. Laughter is really good for you and your health – both physically and emotionally.

According to the Mayo Clinic, when you have a good laugh, it can result in some excellent health benefits.

Here are just some of the short term benefits;

Stimulate your organs.

Laughter causes you to increase your intake of oxygen, stimulate your heart, lungs and muscles along with increasing the endorphins (the thing that makes you feel good) by your brain.

Relaxes you.

Having a good laugh initially fires up your stress response and then cools it down. This can leave you feeling more relaxed.

Feeling a bit tense?

Laughter has the ability to help increase your circulation and help your muscles relax. Both of these things can help reduce your physical symptoms of stress.

Not only are there some immediate and short term benefits, but also some that will help benefit you longer term too;

Improved immune system

Laughter and positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially some more-serious illnesses.

Pain relief

Laughter could potentially help ease pain by helping the body to produce its own natural painkillers.

Improves your coping skills

Having some difficulties coping? Try a little humour – chances are the situation will lighten up and you may be able to cope better.

Improve your mood

If you are feeling down or suffering with anxiety, laughter may be able to help lessen this feeling and in turn improve your overall mood.

Interested in finding out more about the benefits of laughter? The following video provides a further explanation along with even more benefits.

So go on – have a laugh. Your health will thank you for it!

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.