A Merry Heart Does You Good Like a Medicine

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The title of this blog is found in the bible in the book of Proverbs chapter 17 verse 22.  I've been reading about the benefits of laughter and how it can actually improve our health and well-being.

Laughter is a person's physiological reaction to hearing or seeing something funny and involves the contraction of 15 different facial muscles as well as giving your body a good work-out and leaving you gasping for breath.

Laughing works the cardiovascular system, lowering blood pressure, increasing memory and cognitive function.  Laughter has been shown to decrease stress hormones whilst increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies thereby improving resistance to disease.  It triggers the release of endorphins;  the body's natural feel-good chemicals.

Laughing is contagious - when we lighten-up we feel more positive and optimistic, more hopeful and engaged.

It's been said (but not scientifically proven) that children can laugh up to 300 times a day while adults average 17 times a day.  Having a 5 year old granddaughter I can vouch for her that she never seems to stop laughing, finding humour in the most ordinary things and in particular when she has a friend to play with.

Check out the youtube video below for some baby giggles:

With the festive season just around the corner many are looking forward to catching up with friends and family, enjoying time together, sharing stories and having opportunities for fun and laughter.

For some, Christmas can be a time of loneliness and isolation, a day that they would rather not have in their calendar. For others the stresses that can come with the holiday season:  financial pressures, relationship challenges, and time pressure can rob the fun that could be enjoyed. Whilst laughter can't solve all problems, if you're feeling down, sick, lacking energy or feeling stressed, search out some funny videos -  there are plenty to be found on youtube.

Check this one out - I challenge you not to laugh

You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing 'Michael Pritchard'

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I hope you enjoyed this blog and I encourage you to take time to laugh.

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