11 Reasons Laughter Really May be the Best Medicine of All

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Laughter just could be the very best medicine we could imagine.  Many years ago, I read about Norman Cousins and I would like to share his story here.  His book, Anatomy of an Illness describes the way he chose to heal his body through intensive laughter sessions along with Vitamin C drips.  Read the whole story here.

 

Norman Cousins laughter story

 

Many people, especially his treating physicians and his colleagues balked at his “crazy” concepts.  But he chose laughter as his therapy of choice.  Years later, research may be catching up with what Norman Cousins proved, at least to himself, way back in 1964.  Here are some of the many benefits of laughter.

 

11 Reasons Laughter Really May Be the Best Medicine of All by Guest Blogger MedicalBillingAndCoding.com

 

  1. It relaxes the whole body.
  2. It boosts the immune system.
  3. It triggers the release of endorphins.
  4. It protects the heart.
  5. It reduces blood sugar levels.
  6. It helps maintain or restore a positive emotional outlook.
  7. It increases blood flow.
  8. It helps us to cope with difficult situations.
  9. It strengthens relationships.
  10. It reduces stress.
  11. It has effects similar to exercise.

 

How much laughter do YOU bring to your life?  Share your laughter stories in the comments below.

 

In the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, a gentle, respectful mind body awareness technique, my clients often discover the humor and find themselves laughing about even the most difficult life situations.

 

 

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Here’s to living your life in love and laughter and joy.

 

Warmly,

 

Dr. Erica

 

 

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