"Laugh Therapy"
Your Success Thought for the Week of May 21, 2008

Few things are as contagious as the sound of laughter. Imagine sitting in a park filled with giggling children or behind two teens 'dying of laughter' and not feeling the buzz.

You know how much better you feel after an evening of good stories and laugher with friends, yet are you aware of the benefits to your health?

Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a recent study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The study found that people with heart disease:

  • Were 40 percent less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to people of the same age without heart disease
  • Responded less humorously to everyday life situations.
  • Generally laughed less, even in positive situations and they displayed more anger and hostility.

Additionally, UMM News suggests that a good hearty laugh can help:

  • reduce stress
  • lower blood pressure
  • elevate mood
  • boost immune system
  • improve brain functioning
  • protect the heart
  • connect you to others
  • foster instant relaxation
  • make you feel good.

"The ability to laugh -- either naturally or as learned behavior -- may have important implications in societies such as the U.S. where heart disease remains the number one killer," says Miller (author of the above study.) "We know that exercising, not smoking and eating foods low in saturated fat will reduce the risk of heart disease. Perhaps regular, hearty laughter should be added to the list."

This week, surround yourself with people, movies, books or whatever influences typically make you laugh. See just how much more productive you'll be next week for having made the effort!

Enjoy your discoveries, laughter and health! Have a great week!


Ann - 02-08 P. S. We'd love to hear how you used our 'Success Thought of The Week' in your business or personal dealings. Please send your feedback to ann@gvsuccess.com

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