April is National Humor Month–why laughter is good medicine…

April 26th, 2012 No Comments

If you’re a family caregiver, you know that providing elder care for your loved one can be challenging and stressful at times. Why not add a little humor to your day? April has been named National Humor Month since humorist Larry Wilde first founded it in 1976. He knew how laughter provides numerous health benefits.

Some of the benefits of laughter:

  • Stress-reducer: laughing reduces cortisol levels, which is a hormone produced by stress
  • Immune system-builder: laughter produces infection-fighting antibodies
  • Heart-helper: blood flow increases when laughing, helping prevent cardiovascular issues
  • Body-relaxer: a good laugh can reduce muscle and physical tension for almost an hour
  • Pain-reducer: pain-killing hormones are released when we laugh

Laughing is fun and contagious, too–make it your mission to make a senior laugh today! 😀

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