8 Shocking Secrets Healthy People Know

Hubby & I laugh during the Ice Bucket Challenge 2014

Hubby & I laugh during the Ice Bucket Challenge 2014. Because, come on. Getting doused in freezing water is hilarious.

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. ~Woody Allen

They say laughter is the best medicine. What I want to know is, where did Dr. They get her medical degree and what studies has Dr. They done?

Yoga squirrel. photo credit: uBookworm via photopin cc

“Laughing. Easier than Yoga,” says Squirrel. photo credit: uBookworm via photopin cc

Well, exactly. “They” say a lot of things. But in this case, there’s stuff on the Internet to back them up, much more scientific (marginally). So here they are, the eight shocking secrets.

  1. “Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress” according to Helpguide.org.
  2. It also “boosts the immune system.” Ibid (which means I sucked the quote from the same post).
  3. It also “protects the heart” by “increasing blood flow”. Ibid (Yep. Another one from the Helpguide.org post).
  4. Importantly, for those of us who suffer from depression, it “dissolves distressing emotion” Ibid. Ibid. (Hey! Repeated, it sounds like a frog.)
  5. For diabetics, it “reduces blood sugar levels” according to PsychologyToday.com. I did not know that and am shocked. Shocked, I tell you. I don’t know if my heart can take the stress. Oh wait–I can laugh it healthy.
  6. According to  Michael Miller, M.D. in the same article, “it is conceivable that laughing may be important to maintain a healthy endothelium.” Right! Um…what’s an endothelium? (Runs to Wikipedia…blood and lymph vessel lining, huh.) “And reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.” Oh! Now I see.
  7. In another article at UMM.edu, Dr. Miller’s findings were elaborated: “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.” (Does this count as separate item? Yes? No? Imma count it.)
  8. Frankly, when I laugh I feel better. Okay, that’s mostly anecdotal, but here’s a quote anyway. “When I start the day by checking out my favorite cartoons, I start the day with a smile.” From this post by the author M. Hughes.
This is humor? photo credit: Ms D. Meanor via photopin cc

Cat asks, “This is humor?” photo credit: Ms D. Meanor via photopin cc

In conclusion, I leave you with this medieval quote, “I say unto you, go out and find merriment, as it doeth you much goodeth.” Or, from the contemporary translation, “Laugh. It’s good for you.”

Let’s get to know each other! In my first year as a Magical Musings blogger, I’m exploring my 10 favorite things. This is number two.

About Mary Hughes

Who am I? A lover of stories that crackle with action and love. A mother, a flutist, a binge-TV-watcher of NCIS, Sherlock, and Agents of SHIELD. Most of all, a believer in grand passion. Mary's online and would love to hear from you! Website http://www.maryhughesbooks.com/ Blog http://maryhughesbooks.blogspot.com/ Group Blog http://www.lustwithalaugh.com/ Group Blog http://magicalmusings.com/ Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MaryHughesAuthor Twitter http://www.twitter.com/MaryHughesBooks Newsletter signup http://www.maryhughesbooks.com/index.html#MHNewsletter
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13 Responses to 8 Shocking Secrets Healthy People Know

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Mary, this blog is so you! You always have humor in your books, and even when I read a serious book, I love it when the author sneaks in a sentence that makes me laugh.

    And I love to laugh in my real life, too. Which is why it’s nice to have friends like you. 🙂

    • Mary Hughes says:

      Oh, me too! A book with just a dash of wit somewhere is like a dash of salt in food to me–brings out the flavor of the whole rest of the book.

      Thanks for your kind words 🙂 I in turn feel lucky to have found people who get my sense of humor, lol.

  2. Roxy Mews says:

    I seriously think your ice bucket challenge was my favorite. Laughter is the best drug out there, and you, my friend…are one of my favorite dealers. 😉

    • Mary Hughes says:

      <3 Roxy! I had to try to live up to yours 😉 Speaking of laughter, 2 weeks to Coral 600, right? I’m looking forward to seeing how a 90-year-old virgin (robot) copes with love, lol.
      Mary Hughes`s last blog was …February 1T Olio

  3. Fun post and cute photos. After getting doused in cold water, you probably need to laugh to get your blood flowing again. LOL.
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …Spider’s Trap cover art …

  4. Hi Mary! Loved reading this. My hubby helped douse me in the ice bucket challenge, too, and yep, we laughed.
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Love Notes

  5. Dale Mayer says:

    Lol Mary! Love that squirrel! He’s a happening chappy.

    I get almost hysterical with laughter. My kids know what triggers it and do anything they can to set me off. I’ll actually slide to the floor like a wet noodle while still laughing. I’ve got to be as healthy as a horse!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Eyes to the Soul is now available!

  6. I loved reading this, too, Mary! You have a strong, humorous voice, so you could probably market your books as health products 🙂

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