Come On, Get Happy!IN HEART HEALTH
Humor is good for your health, bonds you with others, and builds fun-filled memories. Building strong relationships is an important part of individual health and wellness, and laughter itself has been proven to benefit the heart and overall health, according to the American Heart Association (www.americanheart.org) and the Mayo Foundation for Education and Research (www.mayoclinic.com). So, get together with family and friends this weekend and share a laugh! Laughter Is Good Medicine Researchers from the University of California say that not only is laughter the best medicine, but anticipating a good laugh can be beneficial, too. A study looked at men in their late 20s to show how looking forward to watching a funny movie can lower stress levels. The men were measured for symptoms of stress, such as tension, fatigue, anger, and depression, and then told that in three days they would be watching a funny movie. The men were measured again the next day and their stress ratings dropped. Immediately after watching the movie, signs of fatigue dropped by 87 percent, tension by 61 percent, and anger by 98 percent. Funny Family Flicks Get your family laughing their way to better health with one of these humorous movies.
- Toy Story and Toy Story 2 (G) Two hilarious movies that both you and your children will enjoy. Follow the adventures of Woody the cowboy and his toy companions.
- Monsters, Inc. (G) Watch this funny tale of two monsters trying to scare children. But their job isn’t that easy. They think children are toxic!
- The Princess Bride (PG) This is a humorous and entertaining fairy tale based on William Goldman’s 1973 novel, The Princess Bride.
- Shrek and Shrek 2 (PG) Two tales of Shrek, a green ogre, and his donkey friend offer comedy for young and old as the two try to rescue Princess Fiona.
- Dr. Dolittle 2 (PG) The hilarious doctor, played by Eddie Murphy, finds himself helping a lonesome bear find love in this sequel to the first Dr. Dolittle movie.
Visit www.rogerebert.com or www.movie-gazette.com for reviews and more funny movie ideas such as Babe, Finding Nemo, Freaky Friday, Big, The Incredibles, Robots, and Because of Winn-Dixie.
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Help Your Child with Humor
If you have a sick child with a long-term illness or the flu, you might be surprised at this aid in the healing process: laughter. Humor therapy uses the chemistry changes in the body from smiles and laughter to promote healing, according to WebMD (www.webmd.com). The therapy can help people with cancer and other chronic diseases alleviate the negative feelings caused by such illnesses. RxLaughter (www.rxlaughter.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with illnesses heal with laughter. The organization has teamed up with researchers at the University of California to advance the study of the healing benefits of laughter for both the young and old. Make it a goal to giggle with your family every day. It will do your heart good.
For local diagnosis and treatment of heart issues, see a listing for HRMC’s visiting cardiology specialists. For information on stress testing, EKG and cardiac holter and event monitoring, call HRMC’s respiratory therapy department at 353-6212 or visit us online. For information on the education, physical rehabilitation and emotional support you can receive at HRMC’s cardiac rehab (Phases 1, 2 and 3), call 353-6253 or visit us online.