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 Prescribe Laughter: Awesome Self-care Medicine

RX Prescribe Laughter

Since my cancer diagnosis, I have prescribed 5 minutes a day of practicing the I Laugh Meditative Movement™ as part of my healing plan. It is fantastic because it is a natural remedy that makes me feel hopeful and playful. Most of all, I feel empowered to be in the present moment, enjoying life as it presents itself to me.

Laughter produces an amazing feeling in your body, releases stress from your mind and connects you to your carefree self. It is a wonderful medicine that you can prescribe for yourself. And it is totally free so there are virtually no excuses. There are, however, great side-effects.

Laughter allows the body to release physical tension and relax, which you may find difficult to do. It also impacts your immune system by decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells in addition to infection-fighting antibodies. In this way, your immunity is strengthened. A good thing as we navigate the COVID pandemic.

The positive aspects of laughter do not end there. Laughter releases endorphins which are the "feel good" chemicals. Endorphins are so powerful they promote well-being and can temporarily reduce pain. More inspiration! When you add more giggles throughout your day, you protect your heart. Laughter can improve blood vessel function as well as blood flow which reduces the likelihood of heart attack and cardiovascular issues.

According to the Help Guide, "A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don't laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer."

You are invited to join me and lighten your load by laughing, chuckling and being silly. Visit our website and practice a Meditative Movement or two.

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