Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Recent studies have shown that laughing can, indeed, be good for our health, both mental and physical. I find it fascinating that our modern science is just now "proving" what was written as fact, in the scripture above, so many years ago.
The word "medicine" in Proverbs 17:22 actually means "heal," like a medicine.
Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a recent study by cardiologists at the U niversity of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The study, which is the first to indicate that laughter may help prevent heart disease, found that people with heart disease were 40 percent less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to people of the same age without heart disease.
In an article "Laughter is the Best Medicine," at http://helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm
we find that:
● Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension
and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
● Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and
increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your
resistance to disease.
● Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.
Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve
● Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and
increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other
And in an article, "The Stress Management and Health Benefits of Laughter," at http://stress.about.com/od/stresshealth/a/laughter.htm we find that:
Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine and growth hormone. It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters. Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T-cells. All this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress.
Some of us come into the world as "born laughers." My mom and her siblings were born laughers. And I'm thankful that I and my siblings inherited that trait. We'll laugh at just about anything, and some of the time this gets us into trouble. I remember my mom's older sister saying her husband used to get angry with her because she laughed at "everything." He told her he believed she'd even laugh at a funeral.
Guilty. I've done exactly that.
But sometimes we get so wrapped up in life and the everyday stress of just getting through the day, it's hard to find anything funny.
So maybe we need to start planning a little time each day to watch a funny sitcom, read a joke book or find some way to get a good chuckle. We might see our health improving, along with our attitudes.
Okay, I'm off to watch one of my favorites―Reba!
A Word From Pat
That's really hard to believe. Maybe because we've had such a cool, rainy
summer here in Nashville, it doesn't seem as if we've had a summer at all.
But I think that's about to change, since we're supposed to be in the low
to mid-nineties this coming week. Okay, this is where I say, "YUK"! Gimme
the cool and rainy!
I worked most of July at the office where I fill in when someone is out. And if you read the July issue of The QP, you know that I dogsat my granddog and fell totally in love with her, although she did add to my "stuff to do" list. Also, I got talked into being the Events Chair for the local chapter of the Women's National Book Association, and later they asked me to be Vice President. Without seeking professional, psychological help, I agreed. So I've been going to meetings like crazy, trying to gear up for the coming year's agenda.
And on top of that, I'm
trying desperately to finish book number 9, which is another
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