We’ve all heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine.” Now, researchers at Loma Linda University’s Schools of Allied Health and Medicine are proving that there’s a whole lot of truth to that adage.
Though the notion that laughter can have health benefits is not a new one – Norman Cousins first suggested it during the 1970s – recent studies are indicating more and more positive effects of laughter. According to the latest research, repetitious joyous laughter actually causes the body to respond as much as it would to moderate physical exercise.
Laughter has now been shown to enhance a person’s mood, decrease the amount of stress hormones, enhance the body’s immune activity, lower bad cholesterol and systolic blood pressure, and raise the level of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). Researchers point out that laughter may even be able to play a role in the treatment of elderly patients suffering from a lack of appetite.
So, next time you find yourself scuffling a little bit or feeling down, try some laughter…your body will thank you for it.