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Seven Weight Loss Benefits of Laughter

  1. Laughter stimulates both sides of your brain and lowers the harmful levels of stress hormones like epinephrine, cortisol, and dopamine, responsible for your increased weight-gain (Paul J. Rosch, M.D., president of the American Institute of Stress)
  2. Laughter is a true internal jogging that increases your breathing, your body temperature, your metabolism, your heart rate, and your pulse (Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D., president of the American Association for Therapeutic Humor)
  3. Laughter is great aerobics: it provides a good workout for your midsection and your diaphragm, boosts your blood flow and increases your body’s ability to use oxygen to burn off more calories (Michael Miller – University of Maryland, Baltimore)
  4. Laughter is an all-over body workout: it massages your abdominal organs, improves your intestinal functioning, tones and strengthens your facial, respiratory, leg, and back muscles (Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D., popular author of numerous books on the health benefits of laughter, including “Psycho-neuro-immunology and Humor”)
  5. If you have diabetes, makes sure you put laughter on your plate, as it decreases the usual spike in your blood sugar after a meal (Japanese researchers Hayashi & Murakami)
  6. Laughter increases your physical energy and self-esteem, making you much more likely to exercise, which you might otherwise avoid (according to a study done at the University of Maryland Medical Center)
  7. Ten minutes of hearty laughter daily would burn an average of five pounds a year (according to the researchers from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee)

There’s no doubt – laughter is a great thing and the physical benefits of laughter are too many to count. You’ve certainly heard the saying, “laughter is the best medicine”, or, to cite the American humorist Josh Billings, “There ain’t much fun in medicine, but there’s a heck of a lot of medicine in fun.”

Having fun is essential to your health and laughter does some pretty amazing stunts in your body. Here are more health benefits of laughter.