Want to Save Money on Healthcare – Try Humor!

Doctor’s visits and medicines can consume a great deal of your time and expenditures – especially if you don’t have medical insurance.

Preventing disease is not always possible, but some physicians truly believe laughter is good medicine. For instance, cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore found that people with heart disease were 40 percent less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to others in the same age group without heart disease. Michael Miller, M.D. concluded:

“The ability to laugh – either naturally or as learned behavior – may have important implications in societies such as the U.S. where heart disease remains the number one killer. We know that exercising, not smoking and eating foods low in saturated fat will reduce the risk of heart disease. Perhaps regular, hearty laughter should be added to the list.” (Source: Laughter is the Best Medicine for Your Heart/ University of Maryland Medical Center)

This is not the only medical article about the benefit of laughter. WebMD has an article entitled “Give Your Body a Boost – With Laughter.” Helpguide.org’s “Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter” lists physical, mental and social benefits of laughter. In that article, Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D. says, “Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”

This principle is solidly biblical. Solomon (known as the wisest man who ever lived), says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22 NKJV). The Good News Translation puts it this way, “Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.”

My son recently sent me a picture that made me smile. If you don’t get it, try watching this YouTube link and see if you can keep from laughing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg&feature=kpFinally

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