Joseph Mercola, DO, with Rachael Droege
Want a totally free, simple way to boost your spirits and your health with no prescription needed? Then you want to laugh and smile as much as possible.
Want a totally free, simple way to boost your spirits and your health with no prescription needed? Then you want to laugh and smile as much as possible. As simple as it sounds, laughing and smiling, in other words allowing yourself to get swept away with overall good humour, is beneficial to the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, muscular system, central nervous system, and endocrine system.
An alarming number of people suffer from…seriousness! So laugh, smile, go check out a funny movie, or learn a new joke. Whatever it takes to put a smile on your face is what you should be doing.
Research shows that laughing can boost the immune system, helping the body to stay disease free and fight colds and the flu, and can help people with type II diabetes process sugar after meals.
If you are facing an illness, having a positive outlook and a sense of humour will keep your body open to healing. If you are healthy, laughing will help to make sure you stay that way and can add enjoyment to your work and home life and reduce your daily stress.
Of course, it can be hard to keep a positive outlook all the time. Simply taking the time to focus on the positive and be thankful for the good things in your life can help.
A little laughing and smiling will go a long way toward improving your health, so try it - you have nothing to lose! Try something out of the ordinary like walking barefoot through the grass, taking time to watch the sunrise or going to a comedy club, and don’t overlook the joy in everyday things like talking to your kids and walking the dog. You’ll be amazed at how much brighter things become when you look at them through smiling eyes.
Steven Wright, the stand-up comic, excels at finding humour in the everyday. “The other night I came home late and tried to unlock my house with my car keys. I started the house up. So, I drove it around for a while.”
Wherever you go, take your sense of humour with you. It’s good for your body, mind, and spirit.