June 10th, 2018
by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne
The episode above was inspired by an article I read about the health benefits of laughter.
I learned that, laughter strengthens immune systems, changes moods, diminishes discomfort, and releases stress. Children laugh freely and frequently, but adults tend to be more serious and laugh less often. Humor can improve emotional health, strengthen relationships, provide happiness and even add years to our lives.
Here are some of the many benefits of a good hearty guffaw.
A typical laugh relieves physical tension and stress and leaves muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, improving resistance to disease.
Laughter releases endorphins which promote overall sense well-being and can temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter increases blood flow, which helps protect against heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.
Laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn about 40 calories—which is enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year.
Laughter diffuses anger and conflict. It helps put problems in perspective and enables us to move past confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.
Laughter helps us live longer. Studies have found that people with a strong sense of humor outlive those who don’t laugh as much. The difference is particularly notable for those battling cancer.
Of course, Trixie already knows all this.
Next week we will feature another classic color Sunday page from 1997 in our Timeline series, so be sure to come back for more laughs.
– Brian Walker
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