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Who said laughter is good for the soul?

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2009-11-04 20:36:35

The Bible

"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries

up the bones" (Proverbs 17:22, NIV).

Science has finally caught up with these words in the Bible that

King Solomon wrote some 3,000 years ago.

The following report is from The Week magazine: "Laughter

is good for your health-and now scientists know why. Researchers at

the University of Maryland found that when 20 healthy volunteers

smiled and guffawed while watching the comedy, Kingpin,

their blood flow increased by 22 percent, about the same increase

caused by aerobic exercise. But when volunteers watched

tension-filled scenes from Saving Private Ryan, their blood

flow decreased 35 percent.

"The researchers say that laughing apparently causes the

endothelium, the tissue that lines blood vessels, to expand, which

increases blood flow. Laughter may also improve arterial health by

reducing mental stress, which constricts vessels and cuts blood

flow. A healthy lifestyle-researcher Michael Miller tells New

Scientist-would include 30 minutes of exercise three times a

week, and 15 minutes of hearty laughter each day."

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