Anger, laughter and your immune system

 

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It has been said that one minute of anger weakens your immune system for four to five hours, while one minute of laughter boosts your immune system for over twenty-four hours.   I’ve read these statements several different places recently; I believe scientists are on to something.

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Think about it for a minute.  When something or someone angers you, your blood pressure rises, your heart races, and you get a sick feeling in your stomach.  I know I do.  But did you realize that the sick feeling you get can manifest into something more sinister if it persists?  The sick feeling spreads throughout your body, causing stress on all of your organs.  It has been scientifically proven that stress has been linked to many health conditions and disease states.

Conversely, after a good laugh, you feel great and stress or tension is relieved, improving your mood, your outlook, and even your physical appearance!  I posted an article about the scientific benefits of laughter a while back.  Yesterday, when chatting with a dear friend,  I was reminded how anger can cause stress; inspiration for today’s post.

If you find yourself in any relationship that evokes prolonged and unresolvable anger, angst, tension, stress, or sadness, move on and let it go before you cause any permanent damage to your health!

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This Sign Makes me Laugh every Morning…

I have to chuckle when I see this sign each morning I drive my son to school.  It is located at the roadside of a parkland setting that is surrounded by a new Urbandale housing development here in Kanata:

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Most times I only wish I had my camera to take a picture so I could share the humour with you; today is your lucky day…

Obviously the park is used by nature lovers not happy with the new development.  I am not sure why a City of Ottawa sign is there anyway, but someone found a clever and humorous use for it!