Laugh Your Way To Health
Research confirms that laughter relieves stress
and boosts the immune system. We're not kidding.
How laughter can improve your health: Laugh more, and you'll
Stress buster, immune booster
Develop a better sense of humor; you'll reduce the wear and tear
caused by stress, anxiety and frustration-while at the same time
strengthening your immune system's ability to fend off disease.
According to tests showed that the immune systems of the
"laughers" tend to release more disease-fighting "T cells"
from the spleen into the bloodstream than do the systems of the
There's no doubt that mirthful laughter stimulates the quantity
of T cells, and also their vitality.
Because these T cells are major weapons in the body's defense
against illness, the "laughter stimulus" they receive may be a
crucial factor in staving off the next flu virus that comes your
But the mystery of exactly how laughter strengthens the immune
system continues to puzzle researchers.
Studies have shown that the "inner jogging" of laughter can
boost the average pulse rate from 60 to 120 in a few seconds,
while flooding the entire cardiovascular system with vital
Some people get so involved they end up kicking their feet in
Another health benefit to be gained from the giggles is that
vigorous laughter often activates the body's natural
tranquilizers-the brain-centered endorphins, which reduce pain
and trigger the euphoria known as "runner's high.
Reconnect with the child inside
Given all of these marvelous health benefits, you'd think that
most of us would be laughing our heads off these days in our
continuing quest for wellness. But we aren't, and for good
reason: Life today has become so stressful that many people
can't seem to manage even a tiny smile, let alone an
A lot of people have just plain forgotten how to laugh, that's
really a shame. A helpful recommendation: We should "reconnect
with the child inside, and learn how to laugh again by enjoying
the silliness in life."
To accomplish that, try a few of these tips:
Draw up what calls a five-day "humor profile" of yourself by
making a list of things you laughed at during that period (a
funny cartoon, a goofy remark, a TV comic, etc.). Start
collecting examples of that kind of humor.
Learn to enjoy the comedy in your own mishaps and boo-boos.
Teach yourself some of Catanzaro's tricks, such as taking a
"humor walk" each day (look for the "human comedy" all around
you) or keeping a jar full of your favorite jokes on your desk.
When it's appropriate, dare to show others the silliness in
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