Rx: Laughter

Laughing is one of the best things you can do for your health.  

This web search produced over 74,000 scholarly articles and studies on the health benefits of laughter.  Among its various health benefits, laughter has been found to:

  • Counter the effects of anger, anxiety, depression and stress.
  • Reduce your risk of a heart attack.
  • Increase the number of calories you burn (woot!).

This time of year can be a period of stress and great sadness, when people remember loved ones who are no longer near and feel out-of-step with the image of the holidays that is marketed to them.  Sensitivity and an opportunity to laugh, or at least smile, can help ease the strain and bolster health.

The following video got me giggling…I hope it does the same for you.