A prescription to laughter

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A prescription to laughter

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Everyone knows the saying “laughter is the best medicine,” however it’s not just a saying - it’s true! When it comes to boosting your wellbeing, a good sense of humour and a cheesy grin are your best tools. In fact, there is a growing body of research that confirms smiling and laughter can enhance your mood and even your health.

Have you heard of Patch Adams? He was a doctor that treated patients with humour. Patch Adams and many other health professionals have published research that indicates laughter may reduce stress hormones and increases antibodies that work at fighting off illness.

Laughter can even help you shed a few extra calories. According to a study published in the Journal of Obesity a genuine guffaw increases energy expenditure by as much as 20 percent, and 10 minutes of laughter could leave you up to 50 calories lighter.

A whole-hearted laugh can release muscle tension and leave you feeling more relaxed.

A giggle or a grin can elevate your mood. It doesn’t even have to be based on a real emotion. That’s right – you can fake it! When you put a smile on your dial, the muscles trigger a change your brain that is effective mood booster.

Both smiling and laughing really are contagious. Ever notice if you are smiling in public, others smile back at you? Neurologist, Marc Lacobini, explains that this occurs because our brains are wired to mirror social signals. Not convinced?  Watch this YouTube clip on a laughter social experiment.

We prescribe you to smile more and laugh as often as possible. There is no doubt that this will improve your wellbeing and extend to others around you.

Now for your giggle of the day – Watch this YouTube clip of the human dog.

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