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Laughter, the great elixir!

The Cured Game - Laugh About What Ails You!

It is so gratifying to know that folks are really having fun playing the game. And it's so good for them!

According to the Mayo Clinic, When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

• Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.

• Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.

• Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

More on the value of laughter from the Mayo Clinic: Long-term effects

Laughter isn't just a quick pick-me-up, though. It's also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:

• Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.

• Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.

• Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.

• Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your stress, depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier. It can also improve your self-esteem

It's good for you...

According to an article published by The Cleveland Clinic, laughter:

1. Reduces Stress - Letting out a good laugh makes you feel more relaxed because it disarms your nervous system

2. Strengthens Social Bonds - Humans are social creatures, and sharing good times is one way we find community

3. Increases Oxygen To Your Body - Increased oxygen can help you think more clearly and just allow your body to let go

4. Increases Heart Health -

- Increased blood flow.

- Less stress hormones, which cause our blood vessels to constrict.

 - Reduce your risk of heart attack


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