Children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one's youth. Blessed are they whose quivers are full. They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate. ~Psalm 127:3-5

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Beauty of LAUGHTER

I love to laugh!  I'm sure most people do.  One thing I am thankful for is that my husband keeps me laughing A LOT.  My children's laughter is contagious, and music to my ears.  Bad days are almost ALWAYS turned upside down by their laughter, or some of my own.

Here are some benefits to laughter (taken from this source):

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Laughter has also been shown to help lower blood sugar levels and help one get better sleep. 
There is a reason they say laughter is the best medicine!

Have you laughed today?


Sylvia Ney said...

Very nice. New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge and I look forward to visiting again.


Connie Gruning said...

Perfect L post!! Laughter is what get's me through bad times! I'm blessed with a very funny family too.
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