Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Sometimes you just need a good belly laugh. The kind that makes you bend over and hold your gut or maybe pee your pants (hey! it happens!). You know... a good, authentic laugh where the skin around your eyes wrinkles and your dimples show.

Today, I thought we'd keep it light and talk about the best medicine around. You don't need a prescription for it, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, and you can find it just about anywhere. That drug is laughter! Laughter does a lot of things for, including...

REDUCING STRESS - Studies show that laughter reduces four hormones linked with the stress response: epinephrine, cortisol, dopac and growth hormone.

STRENGTHENING RESPIRATION - When you laugh, you empty much more air from your lungs than you take in. This results in a 'cleansing' effect and can be beneficial for people with respiratory ailments such as emphysema.

LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE - When you start to laugh, your blood pressure rises for a short moment, but then decreases to a level that's below normal. Studies show that people who laugh regularly have lower standing blood pressure than the average person. If this isn't reason enough to put a funny movie in, I don't know what is!

BOOSTING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM - Laughter increases the activity and number of infection-fighting cells within the body, keeping you well.

EXERCISING YOUR HEART - A deep, belly laugh can be compared to 'internal jogging'. It gives your heart a workout, and we all know that a healthy heart equals a healthy life!

In honor of today's topic, I've posted a few videos below that tickle my funny bone. Give yourself a good laugh today and remember to not take things so seriously!

This kid is so can you not laugh a little?

This kid is also very cute AND as a bonus, Will Ferrell's in the video. If you don't laugh, there might be something wrong with you.

This movie made my brother and his friend Sam laugh their heads off when we were little, which in turn, made me laugh my head off. Gotta love Dumb and Dumber.

You've probably already seen this video, but I couldn't help but put it up. Sophia Grace and Rosie are two of the cutest kids alive.

And what's the video above without watching their Toys 'R Us shopping spree?

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