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determines action, and apparently thought deter-
mines health. Good humor is good medicine. So
dance like no one is watching, sing like you are
the star, whistle while you work, and laugh until
your eyes water, your belly shakes and you gasp
for air!
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Gut Health¡± - Monday, August 5th at 6p;
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2013 August
Pg 6 - The Sunshine Express
Laughter is the Best Medicine
How delightful to learn that laughter really is
the best medicine and will perhaps add as many
good years to your life as other familiar health
tips. Could it be so simple that a positive attitude
reduces heart disease and stress-related hor-
mones, improves the immune system and leads
to a longer life? The scripture teaches that ¡°A
joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit
dries up the bones¡± (proverbs 17:22) and it turns
out science is supporting this notion.
Happy people tend to live longer and experience
better health than their unhappy peers according
to a review of more than 160 studies of human
and animal studies. The lead author, University
of Illinois professor emeritus of psychology Ed
Diener, summarized ¡°the general conclusion
from each type of study is that your subjective
well-being, that is, feeling positive about your
life, not stressed out, not depressed, contrib-
utes to both longevity and better health among
healthy populations.¡±
The cardiovascular system is our ¡°Achilles heel¡±
when it comes to health and the leading cause
of death is heart disease. Studies of artery health
focus on how well the cells that line the arteries
function - like the ¡°canary in a coalmine¡± they are
the sentinels of health and disease in the system.
These cells are called endothelial cells and they
control blood pressure and keep cholesterol from
oxidizing and making plaque. Many cardiac stud-
ies look at endothelial function as the marker for
arterial health.
Japanese research printed in the American Jour-
nal of Cardiology shows the effect of mirthful
laughter increases beneficial endothelial function.
Participants watching a comedy had positive
markers of endothelial health while those watch
Health & Nurturing
In Harmony
by Scott Rollins, M.D.
¡°Good humor is good medicine.¡±
- Dr. Scott Rollins, M.D.
ing a documentary
had a decline in ar-
tery health.
A study from the
Journal of Biobehav-
ioral Medicine called
¡°The Divergent
effects of joyful and
music on endothe-
lial vasoreactivity¡±
showed that listen-
ing to joyful music
was good for artery
health while anxiety-
inducing music was
bad for the arteries.
Self-selected joyful
music was associ-
ated with increased
endothelial function
to a magnitude previ-
ously observed with
aerobic activity or
statin drug therapy!
Their conclusion was
that listening to joy-
ful music may be an
adjunctive life-style
intervention for the
promotion of vascu-
lar health.
An interesting study
titled ¡°Effects of
laughing and weep-
ing on mood and
heart rate variability¡±
points out that laugh-
ing has strong but
transient effects on
the autonomic ner-
vous system, while
weeping or feeling
sad has moderate but sustained effects on it. It
would seem that having a ¡°heavy heart¡± really
does have physiological significance.
Laughter has been shown to benefit the immune
system by increasing protective natural killer
cells that help fight infection while lowering both
the stress hormone cortisol and the inflammatory
marker interleukin-6. Laughter will increase ben-
eficial growth hormone, the anti-aging hormone
that helps keep us young. Patients with cancer
and other terminal illnesses benefit by laughter
and show improved outlook, less pain and longer
A study looking at the effect of humor on well
being of nursing home residents showed that
upon completion of a humor therapy program,
there were significant decreases in pain and
perception of loneliness, and significant increases
in happiness and life satisfaction for the experi-
mental group, but not for the control group. The
use of humor therapy appears to be an effective
non-pharmacological intervention. The authors
suggest that nurses and other healthcare profes-
sionals could incorporate humor in caring for
their patients.
As science continues to tease out the exact
mechanisms of how laughter improves health
we can rest assured that it works. In the bleak-
est of times, with both psychological and physi-
cal stress, good humor and positive attitude are
potent tools to help us along. While happiness
might not by itself prevent or cure disease, the
evidence that positive emotions and enjoyment
of life contribute to better health and a longer
lifespan is stronger than the data linking obesity
to reduced longevity.
Eat right, exercise, maintain a healthy weight,
and don¡¯t smoke, but most importantly, remem-
ber that attitude determines thought, thought
Summer was over and the teacher was asking the
class about their vacations.
She turned to little Johnny and asked what he did
over the Summer. ¡°We visited my grandmother
in Minneapolis, Minnesota,¡± he said.
¡°Those are excellent vocabulary words,¡± the
teacher said, ¡°Can you tell the class how you
spell Minneapolis, Minnesota?¡±
Little Johnny thought about it for a moment and
then said, ¡°Come to think of it, I was mistaken,
my grandmother lives in Ohio.¡±
What happens to Pastors who eat chili dogs?
They have to sit in their own pew.
The Indians asked their Chief in autumn, if the
winter was going to be cold or not. Not really
knowing an answer, the chief replies that the win-
ter was going to be cold and that the members of
the village were to collect wood to be prepared.
Being a good leader, he then went to the next
phone booth and called the National Weather Ser-
vice and asked, ¡°Is this winter going to be cold?¡±
The man on the phone responded, ¡°This winter
was going to be quite cold indeed.¡±
So the Chief went back to speed up his people to
collect even more wood to be prepared. A week
later he called the National Weather Service
again, ¡°Is it going to be a very cold winter?¡±
¡°Yes¡±, the man replied, ¡°it¡¯s going to be a very
cold winter.¡±
So the Chief goes back to his people and orders
them to go and find every scrap of wood they
can find. Two weeks later he calls the National
Weather Service again: ¡°Are you absolutely sure,
that the winter is going to be very cold?¡±
¡°Absolutely¡± the man replies, ¡°the Indians are
collecting wood like crazy!¡±
Following The Doctor¡¯s Advice