A number of studies show that regular laughter prolongs life by as much as seven years, and when combined with a healthy diet, you are looking at a significantly longer life with a far higher quality of living.
Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) March 29, 2013
April is National Humor Month, and Mom’s Meals offers suggestions for using humor, combined with the right diet, to lengthen life and live with less stress.
“A number of studies show that regular laughter prolongs life by as much as seven years, and when combined with a healthy diet, you are looking at a significantly longer life with a far higher quality of living,” says Elizabeth Elliot, Registered Dietitian for Mom’s Meals.
1. The old adage that “laughter is the best medicine” is nothing to… well, laugh at. Laughter is known as an excellent tool for fighting stress, heart disease, anxiety, and even depression. It’s been known to improve our outlook, relationships, and general well-being. And when you combine the immune strengthening power of laughter with the right diet for health, it can be a stellar combination.
2. Laughter relieves stress. A natural stress reliever, laughter actually relaxes the muscles in the body, allowing the body to decrease production of stress hormones, leaving a person feeling more relaxed for as much as 45-minutes after a hearty bout of laughter.
3. Laughter improves heart health. For those feeling anxious, angry, or stressed, blood pressure goes up, and stress is put on the heart. When we laugh, blood flow to the heart increases, improves vessel function, and can protect an individual against cardiovascular problems. When combined with a heart healthy diet, such as the Heart Healthy options offered by Mom’s Meals, there can be a real sense of an improvement in health and decreased risk of early death due to cardiovascular disease.
4. Laughter makes you happy. Laughter causes the body to release the natural “feel good” hormone, endorphins, which can help decrease depression and lead to a higher quality of life. According to author Norman Cozens, “the more people laugh, the fewer anti-depressants are sold, and divorce and suicide rates will be reduced accordingly." For seniors living alone, depression is a common problem. Loneliness, poor health, and other factors lead to dissatisfaction with life. Laughter combats all of that, raising spirits, and improving health.
Mom’s Meals is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home meal delivery to customers nationwide, specializing in senior and patient care for over a dozen years. The company prepares, packages, and ships ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door, delivered anywhere in the United States, including meals for those with heart-healthy, gluten-free, veggie, low carb, renal, and diabetic-friendly diets.