Laughter truly is the best medicine and research shows it not only gives us a few minutes of joy, but also helps prolong our lives. Laughter comes with mental, physical, and emotional benefits, and chuckling over a joke or a comedic routine helps us dispel worry and stress by improving mental health and releasing feel-good endorphins in the brain. Having a less stressful life can’t help but increase the quality of our lives.
When you laugh, blood vessels become more elastic and resilient. Proper circulation in provides life sustaining oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the body thus preventing circulatory problems, which can oftentimes lead to serious health disorders such as heart attacks and high blood pressure.
A great living example that laughter does indeed increase one’s lifespan is the beloved American actress, animal rights activist, author, producer, radio presenter, and television personality Betty White. At the ripe age of 93, Betty is an amazing woman who has led a fruitful career for an astonishing 74 years, and has done so laughing all the way. Despite having passed the age of retirement and already a recipient of numerous awards, Emmy nominations, and trophies, Betty still has an active career and seems poised to live forever. Let’s take a look at some of Betty’s best works.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Considered to be one of the most acclaimed television shows in the U.S., The Mary Tyler Moore Show ran from 1970 – 1977 receiving Emmy Awards three years in a row. In the famous sitcom, Betty played the role of Sue Ann, a happy homemaker who is witty, unusually cheerful, judgmental, and not afraid to speak her mind.
The Golden Girls
On the air from 1985 to 1992 The Golden Girls centered around four women all in their 50’s who shared a home and their fascinating lives with a huge weekly audience. Betty played Rose the innocent Minnesota transplant who charmed us all with her naivety and sincerity.
Hot in Cleveland
Now in its final season, Hot in Cleveland first hit the airwaves in 2010. The witty sitcom centers on three has-been entertainment industry veterans from Los Angeles who find a more welcoming community in Cleveland, Ohio, where they are considered “hotties” among the local men. The women lease a home with a sassy caretaker, Elka (Betty White).
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
Currently, Betty hosts an NBC reality show named “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”. This hilarious show features baby boomers playing practical pranks on younger unsuspecting victims. Betty’s crafty group of senior pranksters have struck in a variety of locations including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, and Seattle.
Now that you are aware of Betty White’s secret to a long and fulfilling life, you should try to incorporate her lighthearted demeanor into your life. Laughing may just add life to your years.
Article Courtesy of 50 PLUS REPORT Editorial Team