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.