Is laughter the best medicine? I don't know, but this photo makes me giggle over and over.
Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about the benefits of laughter:
1. LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
Reducing your risk of stroke and heart attack
2. REDUCES STRESS HORMONE LEVELS
Simultaneously lowering the anxiety and stress that impacts your body and increasing the performance of your immune system
3. WORKS YOUR ABS
Laughter can help tone your abs!!!!! When you are laughing, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs. Meanwhile, the muscles you are not using to laugh are getting an opportunity to relax
4. IMPROVES CARDIAC HEALTH
Laughter is a great cardio workout, especially for those who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to injury or illness. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace
5. BOOSTS T-CELLS
T-cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T-cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add chuckling to your illness prevention plan
6. TRIGGERS THE RELEASE OF ENDORPHINS
Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain
7. PRODUCES A GENERAL SENSE OF WELL-BEING
Studies have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who are more negative. So smile, laugh, and live longer!
Have a laughter filled week!