At our clinic in Irving, we put your health as our top priority not just while you are our patient, but after you leave our offices as well. To this extent, we’re always interested in how you can improve your wellbeing every moment of your day, and one of the surprising ways to accomplish this is to laugh!
The old adage of “Laughter is the best medicine” might not be true entirely; after all, laughter isn’t going to beat serious illnesses alone. However, laughter and positive attitude combined with modern medicine can do wonders for you. Research has shown that laughter and positivity can actually translate into physical wellness.
Research has shown that when you laugh your whole body relaxes for up to 45 minutes, relieving stress both mentally and physically. This isn’t a subjective observation; studies have actually shown that laughing lowers your blood pressure, even if your blood pressure isn’t already elevated. Additionally, laughing can boost your immune system as it decreases the hormone that causes stress while also increasing immune cells and antibodies. Laughing can even help with your heart: while laughing, your blood vessels improve their function which allows blood to flow easier, thus reducing your chance of having a heart attack.
Other than the physical benefits, laughing also generally improves your mood due to the release of endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural chemical that make you feel happier and better and can improve your overall sense of well-being. If you’re feeling down or depressed, consider popping in your favorite comedy even if you don’t feel like laughing.
Of course, laughter is not going to be a substitute for antidepressants, physical exercise, or going to see a doctor. While laughter can do a lot of things, if you are feeling unwell, consider seeing a doctor or talking to a professional. Laughter may not always be the best medicine, but it can never hurt to laugh!
If you are searching for a doctor in Irving, consider contacting MSCI today by calling 972-253-4200 for non-emergency needs. With over 20 specialties and dozens of experienced doctors, we are a great choice for your healthcare needs regardless of what ails you.