Twelve reasons to laugh, just for the health of it

7718234534_c6078dba3eJust a shot of laughter will take you far. It relieves stress and tension. It makes you feel buoyant and on top of the world. It’s good for your mind, body and spirit. Laughter is the best medicine.

Twelve reasons to laugh more:

  1. Releases endorphins; the body’s chemicals that make you feel good and happy
  2. Increases blood flow to muscles and vital organs : heart, lungs and brain
  3. Generates « gamma » brain wave patterns as in meditation
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Protects against heart disease
  6. Promotes healing
  7. Lowers cortisol stress hormones
  8. Improves short-term memory and thinking
  9. Elevates mood and boosts energy
  10. Boosts the immune system
  11. Helps you connect with others
  12. Helps you cope with difficult situations

Enjoy the six-minute film below and I dare you not to laugh.


Photo courtesy of: PG Requeni
Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

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