They are now teaching this in traditional medical schools!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER Laughing makes people feel good and promotes wellness. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Various studies have shown how laughter infuses our blood and brain cells with fresh oxygen, to relieve stress and lower blood pressure, along with relieving pain and boosting the immune system. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
A GOOD BELLY LAUGH CAN:
- lower blood pressure
- help with chronic illnesses by boosting the immune system, increasing immunity to infections. (Humor appears to be beneficial for people with cancer or AIDS. )
- natural killer cells that destroy viruses and tumors increase during a state of mirth.
- trigger a myriad of pleasure-inducing chemicals in the brain (morphine like compounds that produce a sense of euphoria and lessen pain from degenerative disease.
- activates disease destroying antibodies and T-cells, which bolster our immune systems.
- relax muscles
- reduce hormones that cause stress by shutting off the flow of stress hormones that are activated during times of stress, hostility and rage.
- release tension, dispel worry and helps one relax
- increase joy with a beneficial effect on overall well being.
- help protect against a heart attack,
- fight respiratory tract infections
- give the same benefits as an aerobic work-out
- laughter causes gene changes that make Type II diabetes less severe, the conclusion of a recent study.
Some effects of laughter are still present the next day.
Psychotherapists are now using humor to treat patients with a variety of mental conditions, encouraging patients to laugh. Plans are for this to be taught in traditional medical schools. The result would be a super drug capable of treating everything from a bout with the blues to heart disease and cancer.
Relieving stress can be the key to staying healthy. Seventy percent of disease processes are directly related to stress,” Dr. Eric Penniman of the Marshfield Clinic’s Stettin Center said. “Laughter is the antithesis.”
Nothing relieves stress better than laughter. Stress tends to trigger the release of hormones that depress the immune system. Stress hormones suppress the immune system, raise blood pressure and increase the number of sticky cells called platelets that can cause fatal obstructions in arteries. In contrast, laughter causes the body to produce endorphins, brain chemicals associated with feeling good.
Immunoglubulin-A or IGA, which fights respiratory tract infections is secreted from the eyes, in saliva and mucous becomes profuse when patients are exposed to something funny.
Mental stress is associated with impairment of the protective barrier lining our blood vessels. This can cause a series of inflammatory reactions that lead to fat and cholesterol build-up in the coronary arteries and ultimately to a heart attack.”
When people take everything too serious (getting mad or hostile as it turns into rage) adrenalin bombards the hearts forcing the organ to beat as if in a constant state of fight or flight.
“The doctors said she lived a few years longer” (because of her outlook.)
People who have been given a very short time to live due to illnesses such as advanced-stage colon cancer have lived for many years and attribute it to their choice of having a positive outlook as they try to find the humor in everything.
Research confirms what people have known for centuries about laughter’s vital role. “The saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ which comes from “A merry heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones (Proverbs 17:22)definitely appears to be true when it comes to protecting our health.
LAUGHTER ISN’T JUST FOR THOSE WITHOUT WORRIES
Children laugh about 400 times a day, on average while adults laugh only about 15 times.
Sure, it’s easy to laugh when things are going well, but it’s just as important to try to laugh when times are tough. Even forcing laughter can make one feel better.Youtube has great video to get in your needed laughs. Have some friends over and let everyone tell “my most embarrassing moment”.
LAUGHTER IN THE WORKPLACE Incorporating laughter into your work day can create enthusiasm, innovation and motivate productivity to peak performance while reducing job-related stress. 20 minutes of laughter exercise and the benefits last all day which helps to foster a happy and healthy workforce which makes for good teambuilding.
A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like Medicine!
Plus, laughter is free and has no side effects!
Update: Research has confirmed the role of laughter in healing. A study in Pediatric Anesthesia reported that using medical clowns for children undergoing surgery can “significantly alleviate pre-operative anxiety” when compared with no intervention, and is better than or similar to sedation medication. Washington’s Sibley Memorial Hospital’s “Laugh Cafe ” now has a room where senior citizens go to tell jokes and laugh.