Laughter is strong medicine

Preventing heart disease is a laughing matter.

February is National Heart Health Month. Learning how to prevent heart disease is more vital today than ever.  It’s still the #1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States. What’s funny about that? Nothing.

Except preventing heart disease IS a laughing matter because laughter, it turns out, is strong medicine.

A good “hearty” laugh reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.

“Research suggests laughter can decrease stress hormones, reduce artery inflammation and increases HDL, the ‘good cholesterol,’” says cardiologist, Dr Steinbaum. Dr. Steinbaum is spokeswoman for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women.

Laughter also boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure, decreases pain, relaxes muscles, and increases blood flow.  The health effects of laughter are felt within minutes and can last up to 24 hours or longer.

But what if you’re just not feelin’ it?

After all, life isn’t always filled with funny moments.

Did you know it’s possible to laugh without a funny event? 

Simulated laughter can be just as good for you as the real thing. A Georgia State University study found that “fake” laughter exercises helped improve older adults’ mental health and aerobic endurance. Hearing others laugh can often trigger genuine laughter.  So, the adage “fake it till you make it” is often true for enjoying a good laugh.

Take a laughter break

Add simulated laughter to your own life by joining a laughter yoga group, practice laughing exercises or download an app. Two iOS apps to check out are: Let’s Laugh: Laughter Exercises and The Gift of Laughter.

So, what’s the heart of the matter?​​

A Laugh a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away!

(eat an apple with that)

Thank you to everyone who shared pictures for our short video clip!

Thank you to everyone who shared pictures for our short video clip!

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