Laughter

Mark Underwood is a neuroscience researcher, president and co-founder of Quincy Bioscience, a biotech company located in Madison, WI. He maintains we should laugh more because laughing is a good remedy for many things in life. We all need humor and levity to combat daily stresses. Laughing is not only a great release; it is available to everyone, anywhere, anytime.

Can laughter really have hidden benefits other than simply being an automatic emotional response to seeing or hearing something funny?
University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) researchers say yes. They studied people who laugh every day, several times a day to see if there was a connection between laugher and health benefits.

What they found was on a biological level laughing introduces additional oxygen into the body. Lymph fluids are circulated and increased levels of oxygen boost immune system function. Laughing, in a sense, “pumps” oxygen through vital organs and tissues, which need the oxygen to repair damage, fight infection and keep you feeling healthy.

People who laugh on a consistent basis tend to have lower blood pressure than those who laugh occasionally. Many studies have looked at the benefits of laughing and the heart. The UMMC was the first research university to find a link between laugher and lowering heart disease. They found people with heart disease laughed, on average, 40% less than people of the same age without heart disease.

Humans have a natural instinct for laughter. Babies usually begin to laugh at four months old. It appears that laughter may be one of the few universal traits found across human cultures. Laughter is a universal language humans share.

We know adults are far less likely to laugh than children. In fact, the average child laughs over 300 times a day, while the typical adult only laughs 17 times a day. Even worse is the fact a majority of adults who report laughing on a daily basis fall into the age range of 18 to 34.

Humor and laughter may also have powerful effects on memory, brain health and aging. If the mental effects of laughter are as positive as the physical, then it is time to learn a few new jokes, gather some friends and start improving your brain health the easy way. Make them laugh. Polish those punch lines and improve your brain health.

If you are an adult who doesn‘t laugh enough, then it’s time to start laughing and help your body feel better while having some fun. According to a Stanford researcher, laughing is like jogging while standing in place. Laughing is actually a physical workout. {it works for me!} Remember the last time your stomach hurt from laughing too much? You did a whole abdominal workout that was more fun than crunches and sit-ups any day. One minute of laughter is equal to using a rowing machine for 10 minutes.

Here are some tips to add more laughter in your life:

Find humor in everyday things.

Be a child again. Find amusement in the most ordinary things.

Increase your exposure to comedy such as funny books, movies and live theater.

Make sure you have funny friends.

Take time each day to laugh.

If you hear a joke that makes you laugh, remember it. Chances are it will make someone else laugh too!

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: A bulldog can whip a skunk any day of the week. But sometimes even a dog realizes it’s just not worth the stink.

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