LAUGH AWAY THE BLUES

Health & Nutrition - - FLASH -

Years ago, Nor­man Cousins (a well-known mag­a­zine edi­tor) claimed that watch­ing Marx Broth­ers’ movies had helped him re­cover from a painful dis­ease of the spine. Since then, stud­ies cit­ing the health benefits of a good laugh have piled up. What seemed just an ed­u­cated guess has taken on the dig­nity of a sci­en­tific the­ory. For ex­am­ple, Ja­panese re­searchers at the Foun­da­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of In­ter­na­tional Science re­cently found that laugh­ter can ac­tu­ally re­duce glu­cose lev­els in peo­ple with di­a­betes. In ad­di­tion, they re­ported that cer­tain genes that con­trol the im­mune sys­tem ac­tiv­ity were stim­u­lated by laugh­ter. Sci­en­tists from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Med­i­cal Cen­ter and Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity found that mirth­ful laugh­ter has good ef­fects on the ar­ter­ies, blood pres­sure and car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem in gen­eral. Can you pre­vent a heart attack with mirth? No, but it can’t hurt to try – in ad­di­tion to eat­ing right, not smok­ing, hav­ing med­i­cal check-ups, and tak­ing other heart-healthy steps. If the Marx Broth­ers are not your dish, find some­thing else that makes you laugh out loud.

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