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Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Good Health

Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Good Health

Monday, March 29, 2021

Behavioral Health

Okay, we admit, that is a horrible setup, but the point is laughing is good for your health. Think about the first time you watched your favorite comedy movie or TV show. The night you saw a great comedian at a club. Or your go to joke.

Then think about how you felt. Happy. Less stressed. Want to feel that way more often? Then laugh more, it is good for both your short- and long-term health. Laughing

· Releases hormones that make you feel good

· Relieves stress

· Simulates your heart, lungs and muscles

· Reduces pain

· Decreases depression, anxiety and tension

· Increases creativity and cognitive abilities

· Improves your immune system

· Strengthens relationships

· Changes the way you view situations

So how do you become a laugh-o-holic? Add laughter to your daily fitness routine. Whether it is watching a sitcom, listening to a lighthearted podcast or sharing jokes with friends, it will improve your outlook and health. It is also a form a fitness you can do while sitting on your couch with your feet up.

If you really want to get serious about laughing, spend time with those close to you. Studies show you are more likely to laugh when you are with family and friends.


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