Originally published in Body Sense magazine, August/Winter 2005. Copyright 2005. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.
Giggle your way to health. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found that 15 minutes of chuckling each day can improve health by expanding blood flow and relaxing and enlarging vessel lining, also known as endothelium. By inducing relaxation, laughter relieves the body of emotional stress -- one of the primary causes of restricted vessel lining and reduced blood flow -- thus decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.