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Live, Laugh and Love for a Healthy Immune System

Jan 01, 2020 12:00AM ● By Joyce Sobotta

Live, Laugh, Love

The words Live-Laugh-Love have a history that goes back to the early 1900s. Today, these three words can be found everywhere—in home decor, signatures and quotes. What many people do not realize is that there are medicinal reasons to act out these three words.

Take three deep breaths and live. Breathing from the diaphragm is the best way to stimulate the immune system and improve lymphatic circulation. Movement of the lymph is crucial in keeping one’s body healthy. The lymphatic system is the cleansing system of the body. All inflammation, toxins, viruses and bacteria are picked up by the lymph which lies next to the tiny capillaries. The lymph takes these toxins to filtering points called lymph nodes. After the lymph is filtered and cleansed, it returns to the blood stream.

Take three breaths and laugh. Laughing is one of the best exercises for the diaphragm and lungs. There are studies that show laughter empties your lungs of more air than you breathe in, giving a cleansing effect to the lungs. This is especially helpful for anyone with respiratory issues. Laughter is also recommended for heart health because it helps to release stress. Furthermore, laughter can significantly increase a person’s threshold to pain. In the September 2011 Scientific American article Why Laughter May Be the Best Pain Medicine, researcher Robin Dunbar of the University of Oxford, shares how the long series of exhalations that accompany true laughter cause physical exhaustion of the abdominal muscles and, in turn, release the brain’s feel-good chemicals called endorphins.

Take three breaths and love. Sometimes people find they are not in total agreement in a discussion with a family member or friend. In these situations, it is important to remember to take three deep breaths before saying anything, and then what comes out are words of understanding and love, giving them the right to express their opinion. This is called unconditional love… with no judgement. Forgiveness and love are the best ways to attain the benefits of a healthy life.

These three words have withstood the test of time. Perhaps they could be arranged in a different order: Love, Laugh and Live. First, a person becomes aware of the love that’s all around. Then he or she has fun thoughts and laughs. That makes it all possible to really live. No matter how these actions occur, each is important in fostering and maintaining a healthy immune system.

Cheryl Spitzer (L) and Joyce Sobotta (R)

 Joyce Sobotta has a BS in education and certifications in holistic aromatherapy and reflexology. She is the founder/owner of Healthy Girls Breast Oil, a home-based, international business. She is available for presentations, consultations and essential oil classes. For more information, visit

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