I love to laugh, and I like people who have a good sense of humour. They say that laughter is the best medicine, and I believe it's true.
Befriending your chuckle muscle energises and boosts immunity as we fight the winter bugs and colds.
In Ancient Greece, hospitals were deliberately built next to amphitheatres due to the belief that laughter was the best medicine. Taking only 16 muscles to smile compared with the 26 it takes to frown, a good belly-laughing session can burn up 500 calories, and cleanses the lungs in the same beneficial way that a deep breathing activity does. It's also a good way of protecting the heart through the increased blood flow, which is as good as aerobic activity.
Research indicates that laughter reduces the stress hormone, dopamine, associated with fight/flight. Combined with exercise, the benefits are greater, so enjoy a walk and share a laugh with a friend to stay healthy.
My best friend has had lots of misfortune and ill-health in her life, including a recent battle with cancer, but throughout it all, she's never lost her sense of humour. We have a good laugh and put the world to rights whenever we meet up, and yesterday she was given the all-clear from the cancer. I'm sure it's partly because she's always kept her chuckle muscle in full working order.