By Don “Doc” Sanders
There are plenty of benefits of laughing. A good guffaw:
- Lowers blood pressure and stroke risk
- Reduces stress hormone levels
- Works abs, as I described earlier
- Improves cardiac health. Laughter provides a great cardio workout.
- Boosts T-cells, which are specialized immune system cells that fight off illness
- Triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers, making you feel good
- Produces a general sense of well-being.
Laughter also comes in handy as home therapy for seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is a condition where an individual becomes moody and depressed in the winter when daylight becomes a scarce commodity.
I know of individuals that have SAD every year. The symptoms include feeling depressed nearly every day, losing interest in the activities that normally bring you joy, being unmotivated and being unable to concentrate. It can become extreme with a feeling of hopelessness, and maybe guilt. Some individuals with SAD border on being suicidal.… Continue readingRead More »