At Legacy Village in Provo, laughter and smiles are a big part of the goals of our assisted living programs. We aren’t here just to provide a living space for seniors, but rather to enhance quality of life and happiness in whatever ways possible.
Researchers say there are both short-term and long-term benefits of laughing more in daily life, especially for those who are reaching a more advanced age. Here are some of these benefits, plus some ways to infuse more laughter into the day for you or a loved one.
Did you realize that research has proven that a hearty few minutes of laughing with friends provides similar benefits to a mild workout? Your heart rate rises, your stress lowers, and blood circulation improves. You might even burn a few calories while you’re at it – up to 50 calories for 10 or 15 minutes of laughter.
Laughing also lowers stress hormones in the body, which can reduce anxiety in turn. This can also boost the immune system in seniors dealing with a chronic illness, which can go a long way.
There are a few major long-term health benefits of regular laughter:
Here are a few basic suggestions for getting more laughter in your day or that of a loved one:
For more on laughter as a therapeutic tool, or to learn about any of our senior living programs, speak to the caregivers at Legacy Village Provo today.