October 16, 2013

Ha, Ha, Ha Your Way To Health

Ha, ha, ha, happy.

Ha, ha, ha. Laughter and an active sense of humour can help maintain good health and could even prevent a heart attack. I figure that laughing shouldn't be too hard - the world has become so silly that most of the time it is hard NOT to laugh.

There is no reason not to laugh considering how good it feels. The funny bone is definitely connected to well being. Laughter is free health care.

Does that mean that clowns are doctors?

A University of Maryland study showed that healthy men and women who were shown a humorous movie experienced a 22% increase in blood flow, and overall improved vascular and endothelial health. The endothelium is the protective barrier lining our blood vessels, and when it is damaged it can lead to heart problems.

Proving that a heart condition is nothing to laugh at, the researchers found that people with heart disease were 40% less likely to laugh than healthy people. But if you have heart disease laughing can make all the difference.

The study found laughter has immediate effects on heart health, and that the effects lasted for 45 minutes after the movie had finished.

Laughaholics have hangovers that feel good and that foster good health. Ha.

Other Benefits of Humour and Laughter

  • Natural pain killer
  • Improves breathing
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Gives a better sleep
  • Decreases stress
  • Makes you look and feel younger
  • Boosts relationships
  • Connects you to the here and now

Taking things seriously all the time and dwelling on the negative that abounds in the world today does not produce solutions, and it destroys peace of mind. The resulting stress is a silent killer.

The Maryland study concludes that everyone should strive to laugh several times every day. 

"For a healthy heart," they recommend, "exercise, eat right, and laugh heartily a few times a day. Read funny books or watch a funny show. Try to take things less seriously."

Want free health care? Relax. Smile. See the humour that abounds in the universe and laugh along with it. It is so much better than the alternative.

Ha, ha, ha. 

Ho, ho, ho.

Hee, hee, hee. 

I can feel it working already.

"I am thankful for laughter, 
except when milk comes out of my nose."

- Woody Allen 

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