Fat to Fit at 59

My quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. (Now that you know about it, I'm committed.)

Day 14—Laughter really IS the best medicine November 29, 2009

Finley McDougall O'Rice: the source of our Friday-night laughter

It’s really true: Laughter IS good for you. According to a University of Maryland School of Medicine study, blood vessels of laughers are healthier than those who don’t laugh as much. (See http://www.umm.edu/features/laughter.htm for details.)

According to researchers, mental stress (eg, lack of laughter) impairs our blood vessel linings. The resulting inflammation leads to fat and cholesterol buildup in our coronary arteries, which can lead to a heart attack.

I say, look for humor at every opportunity. Our source on Friday night was my dog Finley’s pie escapade (see yesterday’s post for details). Other than being concerned about how the equivalent of an entire pie could affect his health and our air quality, how could I be upset with a face like his?

So when you say LOL, mean it! Your heart will thank you!

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