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Saturday tip: laughter

When we laugh or smile endorphins are released in our body.  Endorphins are “happy drugs” and we can fool our body in to releasing them by putting a pen horizontally between our teeth.

It may help other people smile or laugh when they see you clenching the pen between your teeth!   Go on try it, it has to be good for you!

Ha Ha Ha!!

We have been talking around here about laughing more to help reduce stress, build resilience, lift mood and generally stay lighter.   Years ago I was given this piece about Laughter and its huge benefits to us.  Sadly I cannot acknowledge the author.

Laughter is highly therapeutic.  Circuits in your brain reverberate.  Chemical impulses flow rapidly through your blood.  Your temperature rises, your pulse and blood pressure increases, your arteries and thoracic muscles contract.  Your vocal chords quiver and your face contorts.

Pressure builds in your lungs.  Breath bursts from your mouth at 70 miles an hour (110kms).  There is hardly a system in your body that a hearty laugh doesn’t stimulate.  When you laugh your chest and abdominal muscles, as well as your diaphragm, heart, lungs and liver contract.  Laughing also has a stimulating effect on the digestive organs and brings more oxygen into the blood and cells. 

The aerobic benefits come when your blood pressure soars and your pulse doubles.  When a spasm of laughter subsides, your pulse rate drops a little below normal, resulting in less stress, less hypertension and fewer muscle tension headaches, as an all round relaxation.

Good laughing releases endorphins which are 200 times stronger than morphine!!

Mild laughter is good exercise, like “internal jogging”.  Laughing 100 to 200 times a day, equals the exercise benefits of rowing for 10 minutes.

Laughter is one of the greatest preventative medicines known to man.”

I hope you find lots of things to laugh about today…..your whole being will love you for it!