Laughter is the Best Medicine

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It turns out that the popular saying “laughter is the best medicine.” has some truth to it. In fact, it’s backed by science. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.  According to one study done at Indiana State School of nursing, blissful laughter may increase natural killer cell levels, a type of white blood cell that attacks cancer cells. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. Laughter also combats depression. Even forced laughter releases a cocktail of hormones, neuropeptides, and dopamine that can start to improve your mood.

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Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles,says Dr. Gulshan Sethi, head of cardiothoracic surgery…

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