Friday, February 10, 2017

Laughter for the Heart

Three highways into the heart: silence, love and grief. Two highways out of the heart: creativity and acts of justice and compassion. - Matthew Fox

The heart needs mental and physical exercise. Cardiovascular research shows a strong link between our emotions and a healthy heart. Researchers discovered that hostility, anger, depression, anxiety and social isolation lead to higher rates of heart disease. 

Research suggests laughter can decrease stress hormones, reduce artery inflammation, and increase HDL, the “good” cholesterol.

The positive effects of laughter last 24 hours, the American Heart Association claims.

Change in the endothelium caused by laughter appears similar to the benefits of aerobic exercise or the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins. The difference results from the fact that laughter happens with spontaneity and has an immediate effect. Laughter boosts the number of antibody-producing cells, which leads to a stronger immune system.

Cardiologist, Benico Barzilai, MD indicates that the benefits of laughter cannot be understated. He says, “Laughter leads to an immediate reduction in the body’s negative response to stress and causes the blood vessels of the body - including the heart - to increase blood flow as needed.”

Have a laughter session and exercise your heart. Try out a few jokes. Watch a funny movie. Read humorous anecdotes. Discover silly faces in flowers.  

L - Let anger and frustration go.
  A - Feel the Awe of Positivity.
    U - Utilize your funny bones.
      G - Give Ha Ha Hugs away.
        H - Heal with humor.
          T - Terrorize with Tickles.
            E - End your day in play.
               R - Rattle everyone with spontaneous laughter!

Just start laughing. Begin with ha ha ho ho he he.

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