Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Laughing is also good for you

For years we have heard that laughter is the best medicine. I even wrote about laughing in a previous post entitled Laugh a Little. Now there is some research on why laughter is good for you. An article, Laughter May Be Good for the Heart, Study Finds, in the news states:
A daily dose of laughter may be good for the heart because, like exercise, it makes blood vessels work more efficiently, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.
While not a replacement for exercise, laughter, it seems really does have some physical benefits to it.
Of course more research needs to be done in this area, but the conclusion of the study is still interesting. The study only included 20 participants so drawing any conclusions at this time is premature. Yet, it does serve to remind us to laugh together as a couple and a family. Not a funny person? Need somewhere to find funny anecdotes? One of my favorites is Reader's Digest. Each issue has a lot of humorous family-friendly stories. They have also published some of the best of the stories in book form. Of course there are lots of Joke of the Day websites too.
Laugh. Together. Often.
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