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Roberta Lyon, better know as Bobbe, promotes the positive use of humor. She is also a certified Gerontologist.
Bobbe is the author of two books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles.
The Benefits of Laughter
Laughter is a gift sent to us by nature!
The action of laughing allows a person physical release, of which, the long-term cleansing effects can be demonstrated well after they have stopped. A regular regime of really good giggles can do wonders for the average person in all areas of their lives; mentally, physically, spiritually and socially.
Medical scientific research over the last century has revealed that laughter…
•Reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, dopamine and growth hormone and increases health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters.
•Builds a stronger immune system by increasing the number of antibody-producing cells and enhancing the effectiveness of T cells.
•Builds a stronger physical body since a good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs and even works out the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterward. It even provides a good workout for the heart.
•Provides necessary mental distraction by taking the focus away from anger, guilt, stress and negative emotions in a more beneficial way than other mere diversions like television watching, shopping or self-medication.
•Mixing move humor and levity into our lives can give us a more lighthearted perspective and help us view difficult events in our live as ‘challenges’ rather than threats thereby making them more positive and potentially easier to problem-solve.
•Laughter connects us with others and is contagious, so if you bring more laughter into your life, you can most likely help others around you to laugh more, and realize these benefits as well. By elevating the mood of those around you, you can reduce their stress levels, and perhaps improve the quality of social interaction you experience with them, reducing your stress level even more!