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from USWEST Health and Safety Vol. 20, No. 8

If we took what we know about the medical benefits of laughter and bottled it up, it would require FDA approval.

Laughter can lower blood pressure, increase muscle flexion, and trigger a flood of endorphins - the brain chemicals that can bring on euphoria.

But laughter most profoundly affects our immune systems.Gamma-interferon, a disease-fighting protein, rises with laughter.� So do B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies, and T-cells, which orchestrate our body's immune response.

Laughter can also shut off the flow of stress hormones - the fight-or-flight compounds that come into play when we feel hostility, rage, and stress.� Stress hormones supress the immune system, raise blood pressure, and increase the number of platelets in the blood - which can cause fatal artery blockages.

������� The average child laughs hundreds of times a day.� The average adult laughs only a dozen times.
� ����� If only we could collect those lost laughs, and use them to our advantage.

Sources:� American Association for Therapeutic Humor; Lee Berk, MD and Stanley Tan, MD, Loma Linda University


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