I believe there is a lot of truth in the old saying, "Laughter is the best medicine." I also believe that it helps you stay younger… at least in spirit. According to WebMD, we experience physiological changes when we laugh. We stretch facial and body muscles, our heart rate goes up, and we breathe faster, so we get more oxygen in our tissues and even burn some calories. It is like getting a little aerobic workout - LOL!
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I also read about a couple of studies on the benefits of laughter on a Huffington Post. One of them found that laughter increased memory recall and lowered levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). Other research found that laughter can also help protect against heart disease.
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Although interactions with family and friends can foster laughter, all research pointed out that healthy habits such as diet, exercise, and rest are of utmost importance too. Oh, bummer - LOL! Anyway, I found some classic quotes about laughter that I thought you might enjoy.
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Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power; that is all."
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Ralph Waldo Emerson said in his famous quote, "The earth laughs in flowers."
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Finally, according to King Solomon, in Ecclesiastes 3:4, there is "a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance."
I hope you enjoyed my findings on laughter. Thank you for following my blog and for taking the time to leave a thoughtful comment during your visit. Live, Love and Laugh!