Did you know that laughing can improve your health? Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan Loma Linda University conducted research to discover the benefits of laughing and found some unexpected results. Let’s review some of the health benefits of laughing that prove laughter is indeed the best medicine.
Ten reasons why laughter is good for your health:
- Improves mood – Smiling can change your mood, but when you start laughing you can quickly turn that frown upside down, making you feel happy even when you thought it was impossible.
- Prevents Heart Disease – Laughter increases blood flow while lowering blood pressure. Laughing is a powerful yet easy exercise to help prevent heart disease.
- Lowers Stress Hormones – Laughing improves and lowers the stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
- Burns Calories – Repeated laughing is like a mild exercise. A good laugh can burn up to 50 calories.
- Known to lower blood sugar levels – Researchers have discovered that laughter can actually lower blood sugar levels.
- Anti-Aging – Laughing can relieve tension in your muscles and joints, and tones facial muscles increasing blood flow to the face.
- Strengthens Immune system – Laughter increases resistance to disease by producing more immune cells and infection fighting antibodies.
- Attracts others to us - Laughter can improve your relationships with friends, family members and our partners.
- Provides a physical and emotional release – The quickest way to get over something is to laugh about it. Shared laughter brings harmony to most disagreements, hurts and resentments.
- Decreases Pain – Laughing releases endorphins the body’s natural pain killer hormone.
April is National Humor Month!
Family Physicians Group encourages all employees and patients to find out what makes you laugh and do it more often. This April, we invite everyone to laugh for your health. We will provide the comedy, but you must bring the laughs. Please visit our event calendar for upcoming comedy events