A good sense of humor decreases odds of dying before age 70

Whippany, NJ–On July 23rd, residents at CareOne of Hanover, extended their lifelines by a bit through a Laughter Yoga session with Pradep Nair of HomeWell Senior Care.

Elderly People Cheering

A seven-year study of more than 50,000 Norwegians showed that a good sense of humor drops the odds of dying before the age of 70 by roughly 20 percent. And yet another study of 33 Midwestern women revealed that subjects with a keener humor response also benefit from stronger immunity—particularly in natural killer (NK) cell activity.

This benefit has far-reaching implications, as NK cells are your first line of defense against cancer. To make matters worse, standard treatments ravage your immune system. But a recent Japanese study showed that chemotherapy patients who received “laughter therapy” had significantly higher levels of immunity than those who didn’t.

With results like that, it’s easy to see how a little extra laughter could actually mean the difference between life and death. Of course, laughter can make a big difference in everyday battles too.

HomeWell Senior Care provides home care services to seniors. Please contact HomeWell at 973-299-1100 for more information.