Baby LaughingWith everything going on in the world today, it is easy to be sad, angry and even depressed. According to Marci Shimoff, author of “Happy for No Reason”, there is a huge correlation between health and happiness, and studies show that happier people are healthier people.

Marci reports, “Being sad or angry for five minutes a day has been shown to suppress the immune system for up to six hours. But feeling happy, feeling love, feeling joy for just five minutes can strengthen your immune system for 6 hours!

TIP – Laugh Often!

The medicinal value and healing power of laughter has been well documented. Laughter helps promote reductions in cortisol levels, increases antibodies that fight infection and disease and even reduces hormones that cause stress.

  • Watch comedy videos or funny movies.
  • Read joke books or tell funny jokes with friends.
  • Consider joining a Laughter Yoga group. Check out the Honolulu Laughter Club on meetup.
  • Remember, some of the positive changes to the immune system are still in the body the day after a good laughing session. So, find a way to laugh every day!


Pani Shoja, MD
Urgent Care Hawaii
Medical Director

About Urgent Care Hawaii: Urgent Care Hawaii medical clinics provide immediate and urgent medical care on Oahu for Pearl City, Honolulu, Waikiki, Waipahu, Aiea, Kapolei, Kunia, Waipio, Makakilo, Halawa, Mililani, Kailua and Ewa Beach. The clinics provide quick and affordable options for people needing immediate medical care and treatment for common or everyday health problems seven days a week – no appointments are necessary. The Pearl City location is certified by The Urgent Care Association of America and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.

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