• Joan Rothchild Hardin

Laughter – Watch the Birdie

We know becoming engaged by something funny brings us completely into our bodies … and that feels really good. Laughing works quickly, provides lasting positive effects, is free and appropriate for all ages, and has no negative side effects. PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Triggers the release of endorphins that lift mood and relieve pain

  • Protects from the damaging effects of stress by reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) levels

  • Increases the response of tumor and disease fighting antibodies and cells in our bodies

  • Strengthens the diaphragm, abdominal, facial, respiratory and back muscles