|Laugh to Thrive and Flourish|
Dr. Maxine Barish
Sutter Medical Foundation California
describes benefits of laughing.
A Good Hearty Laugh
Even looking forward to having a good laugh can boost your immune system and reduce stress. University of California-Irvine study shows that even knowing you will be involved in a positive humorous event days in advance reduces levels of stress hormones in the blood and increases levels of chemicals known to aid relaxation.
Laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow.
Playful laughing fuels positive energy, creativity and connection.
Boosts immune functions.
Increase's pain tolerance.
Exercises facial, abdominal and chest muscles.
Oxygenates the blood.
Improves brain functioning.
We are more alert, creative, we think better after a laugh.
Laughing changes our mood. Boosts Positive Emotions.
Laughing mixed together with the positive emotions of humor,
and happiness lowers the stress hormones, corticosteroids and epinephrine. The release of growth hormone and endorphins plays a role in lowering the stress hormones.
A Sense of Humor
Smiling is Million Dollar Habit.
"There are five habits you can develop to assure wonderful
human relationships, both at home and work.
They are: acceptance, appreciation, admiration, approval, and attention.
The simplest way to express acceptance of another person
is simply to smile each time you see him or her."
Brian Tracy, Million Dollar Habits
Malcolm Gladwell writes in Blink pages 206, "Ekman said, "What we discovered is that that expression alone is sufficient to create marked changes in the autonomic nervous system."
Increase activity of the zygomatic muscles (the smiling muscles)
creates positive emotions. The corregator muscle, the muscle of frowning and startle responses increase negative emotions.
Dr. Bob Arnot, The Biology of Success
Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
Heart surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center in New York City
Director of the Complementary Medicine Program, Columbia University
co-author of You:The Owner's Manual
Humor is a Wonderful Tool