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Are you having a laugh? Laughter cures all ills…said my Granny Irene and science-types have the studies to prove it.
- Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
- Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
- Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
- Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Good spirited, clever humor is where it’s at. I find it hard to believe that we can fully reap the benefits of laughter by laughing at other people’s hardships or misfortunes (although it’s cheap and easy at times).
So, here’s a good, clean laugh that even adults will enjoy from a pair of our modern masters: Ricky Gervais and ELMO.
I’m fairly certain Granny would have loved Ricky Gervais…and you might too. Go have yourself a laugh…