13 February 2011

How Laughter As The Best Medicine Works In Your Body

Laughter Session in Sydney, Australia

From Denny: Have you heard about Laughter Yoga? No kidding. What a fun way to exercise that is actually beneficial to your health. It's aerobic too.

What are the benefits of laughing an hour a day or several times a day?

* reduces detrimental stress hormones
* increases neural peptides called endorphins
* improves heart health
* frequent laughter improves circulation
* lowers blood pressure
* prevents cardiovascular disease
* increases oxygen to the brain
* boosts your immune system like producing more T-cells
* helps depression

Laughter really is the best medicine. More and more studies have been conducted to find out the benefits. Apparently, your body does not know the difference between your spontaneous laughter and faked laughter. So, "fake it till you make it works as well for your health," says Laughter Yoga instructor Dr. Alex Eingorn.

Researchers have discovered just how aerobic an exercise laughter can be when done for an hour at a time. Turns out that one minute of laughter is equal to as much as 10 minutes on the treadmill. Now which activity would you prefer: trudging uphill on a boring treadmill or laughing your head off till your sides hurt?

I think it's time I go start one of these Laughter Yoga clubs. Talk about cheap thrills - and it's healthy!

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