Laughing helps you lose weight

Trade belly fat for belly laughs

I don’t know about you, but the run-up to this election – and all the political banter – is starting to get me down. To combat that I am turning to good old fashioned comedy to ease the pain. The extra bonus –laughing helps you lose weight.

My husband thinks I am silly because I love family comedy shows – something quirky like The Middle, or Modern Family, or even Parenthood. Even though I don’t watch much television, I try to make sure I catch every episode of these show. Why? Because they make me laugh – and I’ve always believed that a good laugh makes me feel better – physically and mentally.

The cool thing is, I’m not alone in this belief. There are even stories about people who have cured disease by laughing.

Plus, laughter is free. It’s natural. It reduces stress and releases endorphins. And it makes you younger.

So imagine how happy I was to learn that in addition to all of this laughter helps you lose weight.

That’s right. A good laugh can be instrumental in helping you shed those unwanted pounds. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found that laughing for 10-15 minutes a day can burn up to 40 calories a day – which means you could lose nearly 5 pounds a year just from laughing. In addition to straight up calorie burn, laughter reduces the stress hormone cortisol (which leads to weight gain), increases your metabolism, and improves your perspective – making choices like what to eat or whether or not to exercise a heck of a lot easier.

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.
~Jean Houston

Laughter isn’t going to take the place of healthy eating and exercise, but it will certainly help you move closer to the life you want. So find out what cracks you up (a funny friend, a laughing baby, a great television show, a specific comic – youtube is full of them), or start a new practice like Laughter Yoga and add some laughter to your day – who knows, laughter might just be the weight loss solution you’ve been looking for.

Mirth is God’s medicine.  Everybody ought to bathe in it. ~Henry Ward Beecher

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