Today’s Headlines: The Benefits of Coffee, Laughter, and Sleep

Drinking coffee can help reduce your risk for diabetes and may help increase the lifespan in colon cancer patients. Studies have recently shown that coffee is beneficial for multiple aspects of your health. “Colon cancer patients who enjoy a few cups of coffee a day appear to survive their cancer better and they’re less likely to die early than non-coffee drinkers…” Another study showed that adding more coffee to your day is linked to lowering your chances for developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Both studies acknowledged that is important to pay attention to the kind of coffee you drink and avoid excess sugar and flavorings, keeping in mind that the proper serving size for a cup of coffee is eight ounces. (NBC and NBC)

Couples who laugh together have better relationships. A recent study showed that sharing funny moments and bouts of laughter with your partner increases feelings of love in a romantic relationship. The study showed that it is time for laughing to become one of the barometers to measure a good relationship rather than the vague emotion of being happy. “‘Participants who laughed more with their partners during a recorded conversation in the lab tended to also report feeling closer to and more supported by their partners…” But that doesn’t mean that pretending to laugh at your partner’s jokes will accomplish the same thing. “On the flip side, awkward chuckles, stunted grins and fake guffaws all are flags that there may be something amiss.” So in order to maintain a healthy and blissful relationship, make sure you are your partner share laughs together. (Time)

If you get six hours of sleep a night or less, you’re at risk for getting sick. Sleep is very important to restore and heal our bodies overnight. And without the proper amount of sleep our bodies become more susceptible to getting sick. In fact, a recent study found that lack of sleep is the number one reason for illness, “People who sleep six hours a night or less are four times more likely to catch a cold…Researchers found that lack of sleep was the most important factor in predicting the likelihood of someone catching a cold, more so than age, stress levels and whether someone was a smoker, factors that were previously associated with a cold risk.” Do your body and your immune system a favor and get at least seven hours of sleep a night. (Washington Post)