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No Laughing Matter: The Health Benefits of Laughter

 

It’s time to make more time for laughter in your life.  The health benefits have been documented, and there are even Laughter Yoga Clubs around the world.  Many seniors in Canada, Europe, Israel, and the US are practicing Laugher Yoga in aging care facilities.  Whether you get your laughs from your favorite sitcom or a hilarious friend, the short and long-term health benefits of laughter are incentive enough to get the giggles more regularly.

When you laugh, oxygen-rich blood is sent to your heart, lungs, and muscles, stimulating them and leading to the release of feel-good endorphins in the body.  It can help reduce some of the physical signs of stress and leave you feeling more relaxed.  Longer term, positive thoughts can bolster your immune system by releasing chemical messengers that help fight stress.  Consider laughter an all-natural pain reliever and anti-depressant.

With numerous physiological and psychological benefits and virtually no downside (unless maybe you’re suffering from a cracked rib), why not make more time for laughter in your life?  Here are a few funny quotes by and for people over 50 from Senior Living to help you reach your quota today:

“Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, ‘Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.'” 
- Lillian Carter (mother of Jimmy Carter)

“I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: ‘No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.'” 
- Eleanor Roosevelt

“My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.”
- Ed Furgol

“Money can’t buy you happiness… but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.” 
- Spike Milligan

“We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.” 
- Will Rogers

“Don’t worry about avoiding temptation… as you grow older, it will avoid you.”
- Winston Churchill

“Maybe it’s true that life begins at 50… but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.” 
- Phyllis Diller

“The cardiologist’s diet: If it tastes good spit it out.” 
- Unknown

“By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere.” 
- Billy Crystal