Laughter is Good for Your Health

Can you name at least six health benefits of laughter? Yes, this is a quiz. Let’s see how you did … here are several benefits noted in an article by Kayla Matthews in the Huffington Post.

  1. It can help relieve stress – and who doesn’t have stress in their lives? Do you remember the last time you really laughed? It just feels good.
  2. It can help relieve pain – laughing can produce natural painkillers and can also relieve pain caused by muscle disorders.
  3. It can help boost your immune system – some research has shown that laughter may increase the number of infection-fighting antibodies and boost immune cells. Likewise, positive thoughts and feelings — such as those released with laughter — have the potential to release neuropeptides, which help fight illness and stress.

For more benefits, read the complete article, which also includes links to the studies and sources.

And to learn ways to increase the laughter in your life, register now for the 50Forward “Laughing Matters” retreat to be held Oct. 6-8 in beautiful Western North Carolina.