How laughing affects the body and mind

By: Lori Hudson Bertrand DC, RN


“A cheerful heart is good medicine…” Proverbs 17:22

When was the last time you really laughed? If you can’t remember, it’s been too long. Why don’t we laugh more? Sometime’s life’s demands, stress and responsibilities simply take over our focus and attention. Our laugh makes us unique. If you have ever known anyone to have a loud, obnoxious or contagious laugh, you can relate!

It’s now known that laughter can be instrumental in preventing diseases and shorten the life of illnesses. How laughter can affect the body:

– Promote circulation
– Burn calories
– Alleviate some respiratory problems
– Improve the immune system
– Reduce muscle tension

Laughter makes us feel good – it’s contagious! It can lighten the heart, bring hope, and foster a positive outlook on life. It can improve your mood, clear your mind, and reduce stress.

Want to laugh more? Surround yourself with others who love to laugh, have a good sense of humor and can laugh at themselves. Reminisce about fun past experiences. Look through goofy old pictures, you know the ones of the outdated dress you wore to prom that make you cringe now! Watch a funny show or movie.

The benefits of laughing are numerous. Endorphins are released when we laugh, almost instantly lightening our moods, creating a positive outlook, and enabling overall mental wellbeing. Break the cycle of negativity that we can sometimes fall into and begin to feel the positive effects of this unique act! What if it got silly here, like doctor’s orders!

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DEFINE’s senior instructor and anatomy specialist, Lori Hudson Bertrand D.C., R.N. is a doctor in chiropractic and registered nurse. Her love for helping people and education of anatomy and physiology of the human body drives her to continue to share her experiences and knowledge with others as they pursue their journey towards health and restoration!