hen is the last time you laughed so hard you cried? Can you remember? If you can’t or it seems like a long time ago, it might be time for some serious laughter therapy. And if you think that’s silly, think again. Dr. Lee Berk and fellow researcher Dr. Stanley Tan of Loma Linda University in California have been studying the effects of laughter on the immune system. To date their published studies have shown that laughing lowers blood pressure, reduc-
es stress hormones, increases muscle fl exion, and boosts immune function by rais- ing levels of infection-fi ghting T-cells, and disease-fi ghting proteins, which produce disease-destroying antibodies. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being.
So, the evidence is there that laughter is very good for our health and well-
being. Why don’t we do it more often? Part of the reason is we’re adults now and we think we need to be serious. We have responsibilities, careers, families and laundry lists of things we need to do each day. Who has time for fun and games? Let me tell you – if you don’t make time for it, you will burn out quicker than the blink of an eye. In fact, I often wonder if one of the reasons we age is because we stop having fun.
As a life coach, one of my favorite things to coach my clients on is learning
how to have fun again. We do passion lists, bucket lists, life reviews and guid- ed meditations to bring out your inner child and fi nd ways to laugh every day. It can be as simple as watching a funny movie, reading a humorous book, going to a comedy show or spending time with someone who always makes you laugh. Whatever you choose to do, fi nding time to laugh and have fun on a daily basis is a necessity for optimal health and well-being.
We’ve got a plethora of ideas in this issue – farm-to-chef dinners at local
farms, Asana in the street, spiritual and holistic workshops, marathon training, eating healthy on the road and more. Check out our 10Best Farm-to-Table restaurants, wineries and breweries and enjoy some amazing wine and beer tasting right here in CT. It’s summertime, get out there and have some fun!
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