The ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Laughter relieves physical tension and supports the immune system by decreasing stress hormones and boosting infection-fighting antibodies, protecting you from the damaging effects of stress. Humor and laughter can improvemood, enhance energy and diminish pain by triggering the release of endorphins. Laughter improves blood flow, which can help protect against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Marlo Thomas says, “Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.” For more information about the benefits of laughter, visit www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm.