We could all use more humor in our lives. Having a sense of humor doesn’t mean laughing and being cheerful all the time. It means seeing the illusory nature of things — and seeing how, in this illusory life, we are always bumping into the very things we meticulously try to avoid.
Giggle your way to health. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found that 15 minutes of chuckling each day can improve health by expanding blood flow and relaxing and enlarging vessel lining, also known as endothelium. By inducing relaxation, laughter relieves the body of emotional stress — one of the primary causes of restricted vessel lining and reduced blood flow — thus decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.