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P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart

STEP 1 6 Actually, there is nothing wrong with either laughing or crying. They are expressions of honest human emotions that can make you feel less frustrated and less angry. Crying is a way of letting the hurt out. Even people of great faith, like King David, knew the power of lamentation. A laugh, on the other hand, is like sunshine on a cloudy day. Life without laughter is dreary. An honest laugh cheers us. It is the music, the gospel chorus of our conversations. Laughter among friends is the glue that holds people together. Victor Hugo said, “I like laughter that opens the lips and the heart, and reveals at the same time, the pearls of the soul.” In his book, Laughter is the Best Medicine, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale explains that certain disease ailments respond to a healthy emotional attitude, which can be prompted by laughter. A well-known writer has similarly described how he helped himself recover from cancer by watching old Bill Cosby and Flip Wilson videos. Scientists are now discovering that laughter and a positive attitude can increase the release of endorphins and promote the manufacture of T-cells. Endorphins make us feel good and decrease our sensitivity to pain. T-cells act like sentinels in our blood to remove harmful microorganisms and cells. Chronic depression can actually weaken your immune system and lower your endorphin level. When you laugh, electrical impulses are triggered and chemicals are released into your blood stream that dull pain and tranquilize the soul. Other substances that are released with laughter improve digestion, make blood vessels relax to improve circulation, and lower blood pressure. A philosopher said over a hundred years ago, “Laughter is the most healthful exercise. It is one of the greatest things that help the digestion with which I am acquainted. It stirs up the blood, expands the chest, electrifies the nerves, and clears away the cobwebs.” Laughter is Good Medicine


P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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