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Laughter Is The Best Medicine
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By Mazzenga Daniels
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You have heard the saying that laughter is the best medicine. Do you know why they say that? Laughter is a good stress reliever, muscle relaxer and an antidote for pain. Laughter also brings your body and mind back in balance. Bring on the laughter.

So why is laughter so good for you? A good hearty laugh relaxes the muscles up to 45 minutes after the laugh occurred. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, improving your resistance to disease. Laughter releases endorphins which is the body’s natural feel-good chemical. The release of endorphins can also relieve pain for a short period of time. Laughter is good for your heart. It improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

There is also a link to laughter and your mental health. Laughter helps you see things in a different perspective. Laughter helps you see things ina more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed. It also helps dissolve stressful emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.

Want to tighten your tummy? Pop in your favorite comedy, or hang out with your funniest friend. Laughing is by far one of the greatest ways to tighten your abdominal muscles. It helps you burn off those pesky few calories you may have over-eaten at lunch today. Now, I'm not saying to put it in place of a workout, but it is a good way to keep yourself happy and healthy.

So the moral of the story….. Live, LAUGH and LAUGH.

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