by Karen D. Swim
When was the last time you laughed so hard your tummy ached and tears flowed from your eyes? If your answer is "today" good for you! However, if it's been a few days or even a few months, then I invite you to share a laugh with me today.
Unlike children, adults do not routinely collapse in giggles. Allow me to share a few logical reasons you should laugh well and laugh often. Many studies show that laughter has positive health benefits. Laughing:
- reduces stress
- lowers your blood pressure
- elevates your mood
- boosts the immune system
- improves brain functioning
- protects the heart
- connects you to others
and a good laugh has been shown to have aerobic benefits equivalent to 10 minutes on a rowing machine.
Laughter is great medicine and best of all it is free and accessible to all, so go ahead and have a good laugh today and everyday.
What tickles your funny bone? Have you found yourself laughing less lately? What can you do to add humor to your life? Let's share a giggle or two in the comments.