-13 muscles are used to smile, but 47 are required for frowning. You have to smile nearly a quarter of a million times to make 1 wrinkle.
Hmm... I won't be surprised if you are tired of hearing the overused phrase 'laughter is the best medicine'. This phrase will always sound like a joke until you have read the following facts compiled by Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana, USA. From now on, I will desperately find more humors to bright up my day, and I hope you will too.
Studies have documented 18 different kinds of smiles. The most common is the smile of enjoyment
13 muscles are used to smile, but 47 are required for frowning. You have to smile nearly a quarter of a million times to make 1 wrinkle.
Laughter lowers the levels of cortisol in the body. Cortisol suppresses the immune system. Lowering these levels enhances the work of the immune system and may prevent disease.
Laughter can stimulate your heart and lungs, elevate your blood pressure and improve breathing capacity.
You can get the same benefits from laughing 100 times a day, as you can from 10 minutes of rowing a boat.
Charles Darwin believed that one's facial expression can actually influence one's moods. Studies in bio-feedback confirm Darwin's belief.
15 minutes of laughter equals the benefit of 2 hours sleep.
One good belly laugh burns off 3 1/2 calories.
Laughing for 15 seconds adds 2 days to your life span.
The Chinese laugh more than any other culture in the world.
According to study by Dr. Michael Titze, a German Psychologist, in the 50's people use to laugh an average of 18 minutes a day. Today, that's down to 4 - 6 minutes a day.
Dr. Lee Burk of Loma Linda University, California study showed that laughter causes endorphin release, similar to the 'high' joggers get when jogging.
Dr. Michael Miller from the University of Maryland found that laughter can improve circulatory and cardiovascular health.
An Irish study recorded that laughter causes a rise in blood pressure. Other studies showed that blood pressure drops for a time when we stop laughing, just like aerobic exercise.
A Vanderbilt University study found that laughter burns a bit more than one calorie per minute.
University of Chicago studies suggested that a great sense of humor can add 8 years to your life
Stanford University studies show a good belly laugh can give you health boosting benefits equal to 10 minutes on a rowing machine.
People smile only 35% as much as they think they do.
When you laugh, endorphins are released into the body with the same exhilarating effect as doing tough exercise.
Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, AT&T, Lockheed Aircraft, Kodak, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Southwest Airlines, Bank of America, and many others promote 'humor' into their workplaces as a tool to increase morale and improve the bottom line.