“If there are two things I like to do every day of my life, it’s: 1) look after my health, and 2) laugh. Not a bad combo, right? But did you know that by doing the second, you’re also doing the first?
Not that you shouldn’t climb onto that life-cycle, but laughter — all by itself — treats the body to a whole array of health benefits. For starters, a good, big laugh relieves physical tension and relaxes your muscles for up to 45 minutes. (Maybe that’s why everyone feels so laid back when someone starts telling jokes at a party!) Laughter also keeps the immune system humming by decreasing stress hormones and boosting infection-fighting antibodies. It even protects the heart by keeping those blood vessels pumping.”
–Marlo Thomas. “National Humor Month: Laughing Your Way to Good Health.” Huffington Post April 26, 2102. Web.