Blog: Laughter is the Best Medicine

Blog: Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is the best medicine. When was the last time YOU laughed?

Why laughing is good for you:

Laughing actually produces positive physical changes in your body that boost your health immediately and over the long term, according to the Mayo Clinic. For example, laughing:

  • Releases endorphins and dopamine, which are feel-good hormones
  • Relieves stress and helps you cope with it
  • Stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles thanks to the sudden increase in oxygen levels
  • Reduces pain
  • Lessens depression, anxiety and tension
  • Increases creativity and cognitive abilities
  • Improves your immune system
  • Improves relationships, creating happier marriages and bonding among group members
  • Helps you shift the way you view situations and allows you to see them from a different perspective

Best of all, laughter is free, easy and readily available to everyone.

Do you need more laughter in YOUR life?

  • Practice, practice, practice. Practicing laughing really works, even if it feels forced at first.
  • Spend time with people who make you laugh. Laughing with others is even more beneficial than laughing alone.
  • Surround yourself with things that make you smile and laugh. Hang funny comic strips and photos in your work area.
  • Watch funny movies.

Do One Thing:  Studies show that you are more likely to laugh when you’re with others, so schedule a few minutes each day with friends and family to make sure you get your laughs in.

If you’re still feeling down, we are here for you! Call 888-452-IRMC to schedule an appointment.

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