McKINNEY (April 1, 2016) — We’ve all heard the proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But, did you know that laughing every day may also keep the doctor away?

Laughter has been proven to provide significant health benefits that can positively influence your physical and mental well-being. As the physical response to humor, laughter can uplift your mood and remove stress.

“Laughter reduces the stress hormone, cortisone, and boosts the immune response by increasing the immune cells and antibodies in the body, thereby increasing your ability to fight infection,” said Aditya Sharma, M.D., a psychiatrist with Medical Center of McKinney.

Aditya Sharma, M.D.

Aditya Sharma, M.D.

Researchers are exploring the positive benefits of laughter and have found that there is a feedback loop between the muscles in your face and your brain. So, a scowl or frown sends a message to the brain causing it to lower the neurochemicals that make your feel happy. Laughter, on the other hand, sends an opposite message that leads to an increase in these neurochemicals that lift your mood, explains Dr. Sharma.

 “Laughter releases the natural feel-good chemicals in the brain, which in turn, improve your mood, reduce anxiety and improve your ability to handle stress.”

 

About Medical Center of McKinney

Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) is a growing 260-bed, acute care hospital that offers patients the most comprehensive services including emergency care, cardiovascular, neurological services, general surgery, orthopedics, women’s services, including a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and psychiatric services. By placing quality patient care as a foremost priority, MCM achieved the Joint Commission’s prestigious Top Performer recognition for the third time for sustaining excellence in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. MCM has expanded its emergency services by opening a 12-bed provider-based emergency room, the ER at Stonebridge, located at the corner of U.S. Highway 380 and Custer Road. MCM has a 90-year history of serving the health care needs of McKinney and the surrounding communities. Over the past several years, MCM has strengthened its medical foundations by adding two new surgical robots, a newly remodeled labor and delivery suites, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and an advanced biplane catheterization (cath) lab to treat heart rhythm disorders. MCM is an affiliate of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). For more information, visit medicalcenterofmckinney.com.