Laughter Is The Best Medicine – For More Joy Less Stress!

What Could You Do for Your Health Without Spending Money?

Laughter is the Best Medicine
Laughter is the Best Medicine

What if you had more joy, less stress and there is a way that would have a huge impact on your mental and physical health that you could do without spending any money – and have fun doing it?

Would you be interested?

Here are a few hints:

  • You can do it alone, but it is definitely more fun doing it with others.
  • It’s not usually done in our culture.
  • It’s something we used to do as a kid but probably don’t do it much now.

Any guesses?

It’s Laughter IS The Best Medicine!!

Decades of research on laughter have shown numerous benefits, including:

  • Reduction of stress hormones
  • Improved immune function
  • Reduction of pain
  • Decreased depression and anxiety
  • Improved cardiovascular health

“Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well; and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.” ~ James H. West Click To Tweet ~ James H. West

I believe that laughter is right up there with sleep, exercise, and other forms of stress management as one of the most effective ways we can improve our health and extend our life.  One example that comes to mind is Norman Cousins book Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient:  Reflections on Healing and Regeneration.  Cousins’s influential work Read More

What to Eat to Prevent or Reverse Disease

Be Proactive in Preventing or Reversing Disease.

Eat to Prevent or Reverse Disease
Eat to Prevent or Reverse Disease

This is why I recently read How Not to Die, by Michael Greger with Gene Stone and founder of Nutrionfacts.org a self-sustaining non-profit organization.   Their mission is to empower individuals to share what to eat to prevent and reverse disease and make it accessible and available to everyone.  In the book Greger lays out specifics for preventing, arresting or reversing our leading health killers.  He has found that people don’t die of old age but die from disease, most commonly heart attack.

Perfect reading to Prevent or Reverse Disease

The book is fantastic, and I highly recommend it to everyone who is looking to prevent a premature death.  He states that our diet is the number one cause of our diseases.

Back in 1903, Thomas Edison predicted that “the doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will instruct the patient in the care of (the) human frame in diet and in the cause and prevention of diseases”.

There is a pandemic of chronic diseases dominated by a diet of animal sourced and processed food or for example:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Oils
  • Soda
  • Sugar
  • Refined grains

Use Whole Plant Foods and Minimize Animal Based Foods

When we eat to prevent or reverse disease we should maximize the intake of whole plant foods and minimize animal based foods and processed junk food.  Dr. Greger simplified the equation to that of a  traffic light-just as the road signal green means OK to go, yellow caution and red-stop.

Green=unprocessed plant food

Yellow=Processed plant foods, unprocessed animal foods

Red=Ultra processed plant foods processed animal foods Read More

Is Social Media and Technology Stressing You Out?

Social Media and Technology May Be Stressing You Out: Here are 5 Tips to Retrain Your Your Mind

It has only been a little more than the last decade since the launch Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Along with that came the iPhone, iPad, Pinterest and Instagram.  Since then social media and technology stress and technology has grown by leaps and bounds.

Survey findings suggest that more than eight in ten Americans are attached to their gadgets on a typical day (86 percent say they constantly or often check their emails, texts and social media accounts). Read More