Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of the many forms of arthritis that occur as a result of a malfunction of the immune system.

Research evidence indicates that interaction between the stress system and the immune system plays a pivotal role in the cause and progression of many auto immune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Several studies have suggested that the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis ( the brain, neurological, immunological and endocrine systems) are important anti-inflammatory and anti- stress pathways that are impaired in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Studies suggest that engagement of the mind such as that experienced with laughter modulates the HPA axis reducing the impact of psychological and physical stress. ( J rheum vol45 no 2 mirthful laughter and and RA.

Comment: Laughter and a light hearted approach to life convey many health benefits. Check out Con’s Cartoon Competition and engage in some light hearted creativity.