The Benefits Of Laughter - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/23/04

The Benefits Of Laughter

There have been many studies that indicate happiness is healthy. A hearty laugh is actually good medicine. Now, researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin have taken that a step further and determined that being grateful offers huge health benefits as well.

"People who are grateful in a sincere way are less likely to become ill. There's some evidence that their immune systems are a little bit more responsive to the things that might make us sick," says Dr. Russell Robertson, at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Robertson studies the power of gratitude. He says national studies have found that those who are truly thankful have better health. They may actually live longer because the spirit of giving releases internal satisfaction, and relieves stress components of good health.

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