A chuckle a day keeps the doctor away
Ever have one of those days? The neighbor's dog won't stop barking... someone is parked in your space... and a bill arrives marked "Past Due" even though you KNOW you've paid it.
When life's stresses get you wound up tighter than a banjo string, you don't need some Big Pharma happy pill or a dangerous muscle relaxer.
What you DO need is a good laugh.
A new study from Loma Linda University in California has found that a good, deep belly laugh produces the same relaxing effect on your brain as a full mediation session! Thirty-one research volunteers were shown videos that were either amusing, spiritual, or distressing (maybe an Obama campaign video?).
Turns out funny videos produced the same healing gamma waves your brain generates when you meditate.
And that's not just good news for you -- it's FANTASTIC news for me. Because let me tell you something -- if you ever find me lying on the floor humming, I'm not meditating. I'm having a stroke.
New Age healing has never really been my thing. But if I can relax and give my brain a workout by watching a few Archie Bunker re-runs, sign me up!
The truth is, the way you handle stress has an enormous impact on your health. A poor stress response can make you fat, trigger heart disease and can even cause cancer!
And the mainstream doesn't have any answers for you -- but the Smothers Brothers might. So the next time you're feeling stressed, pop in a DVD of your favorite comedy show and put your feet up. You may be adding years to your life one chuckle at a time.