Healthy Action Step of the Day: Laugh

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Laugh more – A LOT more. Fitness Instructor, nutritional expert, mind-body serenity coach and author Adita Lang cites studies that show the average child laughs about 400 times a day where the average adult laughs 15. She says that we need those happy high endorphins kicking in to our bodies because that’s going to completely release stress and make us feel better. How much laughter do we need? Martha Beck, PhD says in The Joy Diet that the minimum number of laughs needed per day by adults is 30. Besides reducing stress, Gaiam cites researchers Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California as saying laughter does the following:

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Works your abs
  • Improves cardiac health
  • Boosts T-Cells
  • Triggers the release of endorphins
  • Produces a general sense of well-being

So, make sure and fit in a big belly laugh today. Your overall health and wellbeing will thank you.

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