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Laugh a Little to Feel Good All Over

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. ~ e e cummings

Previously we shared some ways to boost happiness, and now let’s find out more about the benefits of laughter.

Laughing increases vitality, cleanses energy, and brings the mind and body into harmony and balance. Laughter also increases the release of joy increasing endorphins!

“In Seven Pointers to Lift a Bad Mood” Dr. Mao tells us:

“No one can live a long and healthy life without the will to go on; sometimes mood swings can make us feel that life is too much for us. A bad mood not only gives you a gloomy outlook, it also lowers your immune function, leading the way to illness.” He recommends “Laugh Therapy,” pioneered by Norman Cousins.

As it turns out laughter is the number one prescription for a bad mood. For example, laughter and joy boost immune functions, especially the production of natural defense cells in the body that protect us from illness and cancer.

Extra body benefits of a good laugh include:

  • Laughing clears breathing as it eases tight chests, opens up your heart and lungs, and stretches your diaphragm leading to improved respiratory function.
  • When we laugh our body is flooded with healing immune cells and cancer fighting proteins, so it really is the best medicine.
  • Again laughter releases yummy feeling endorphins, providing natural pain and stress relief.

We always look better when we smile, and this radiates that glowing inner beauty outward in the world. So think a happy, and funny thought or watch a little video clip to lift your spirits and bring out your joy!

The above image of Thalia, muse of comedy, holding a comic mask (Detail from the “Muses Sarcophagus”), is in the public domain.

Written by Lucille Chi

Lucy Chi loves good green design, ethical fashion, environmental art and education, renewables, holistic healing and more. She has been dedicating her energies toward finding and drawing attention to all the ways in which products, companies, and industries are moving toward creating a more sustainable world on the global scale, as well as the way individuals are moving toward living sustainably, and healing at the personal level.

Sustainability studies: &
B.S. Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Textiles and Fiber Science.

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