By Dr. Nina Radcliff
Do you remember that last time you had a good, hearty laugh? Just thinking about such a time can bring a smile to our face and lift our spirits. And how about those precious giggles and joyous bouts of laughter of young children? I don’t think there is anything more contagious and heart-warming. When I hear my daughter and her friends laugh, it is sheer delight. Josh Billings aptly stated in a wonderful quote, “Laughter is the fireworks of the soul.” And too, there is great wisdom in the Proverb (17:22), “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” It’s true!! There are great health benefits from laughing as it strengthens your immune system, triggers the release of endorphins that lifts your mood, helps protect your heart and diminishes pain while protecting you by reducing effects of stress.
The ability to laugh is a powerful health resource, mentally, emotionally and physically. And too, it is a powerful agent in keeping relationships healthy. Studies have shown that a strong, positive bond is created when we laugh with one another.
So when was the last time you remember laughing out loud? Hopefully you are one of the fortunate ones that has enjoyed the delights of laughing recently – and the powerful preventive benefits its joy offers. There is so much to love about laughter – let’s take a look at some of its many benefits to promote wellness and wellbeing in everyday life, at home, work and at play. [Read more…]