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10/9/2012 1:48:00 PM
Laughter really is the best cure

URBANA – It’s important for your physical and mental well-being to incorporate humor and laughter into your everyday life, said Cheri Burcham, a University of Illinois Extension family life educator.

“Adults really need to hear this message because they laugh an average of 15 times a day compared to a four-year-old who laughs once every four minutes,” she said.

Why is humor and laughter so important? The many physical benefits of humor include:

·Stimulating your cardiovascular system
·Dilating blood vessels, which increases oxygen to the lungs
·Reducing blood pressure and heart rate
·Improving t-cells and natural killer cells in the immune system
·Producing beta endorphins to induce euphoria

The psychological benefits of humor include:

·Relieving anxiety, distress, anger, and depression
· Creating feelings of well-being, empowerment, and control
·Assisting in creation and maintenance of a positive attitude, hope, energy, and self-esteem

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