As we enter the fall season, ask yourself, how balanced are you? Or not? There are a few shifts you can make on a daily basis that will make a difference in your health.
Let’s start with one of the pillars of optimal health: laughter. We’ve all heard that old saying “laughter is the best medicine.” It’s true! Health isn’t just about eating a kale salad and getting the proper exercise; it’s equally important to engage in laughter.
There are so many benefits to laughing. For starters, it opens up our vagus nerve – the nerve that connects the brain to the gut and many other critical organs. It’s the captain of your nervous system, the “gut instincts” also known as the mind-body connection. When the vagus nerve is in balance, we are more apt to be resilient to stress, have a general sense of well-being, boost immunity, release endorphins, all while feeling more vibrant and energetic! Who doesn’t want that?
Researchers have found that the benefits of laughter are so positive that laughter therapy has become a practice for holistic healing. The National Cancer Institute defines laughter therapy as “a type of therapy that uses humor to help relieve pain and stress and improve a person’s sense of well-being.”
Do you have that go-to person, comic, podcast, or columnist who you know will always make you laugh? Interact with that person or program, add it to your routine, make it part of your health toolkit, and start reaping the benefits every day. I have been known to ask a friend: please make me laugh, and by saying it out loud, it presents itself, and the benefits start to show.
When we become more aware of how powerful our daily choices are, it makes a difference in health and wellness. Our lifestyle affects us, for better or worse. When we make shifts in our habits, and we reframe our mindset, results show up quickly, and we see a change. Given half the chance, our body will heal itself. It’s up to you to connect the dots of your health and wellness.
About the Sponsor:
Susan Seifert is a local health and wellness coach who received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Look for more of her columns on health topics including the importance of sleep, quick one-dish meals, breathing and its health benefits, gut and brain health, sugar cravings, how to get the most from your doctor visits and more. To learn more about her practice or schedule an appointment, visit her website YummySELF.com.