Laughter Is The Best Medicine

| April 7, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Laughter really is the best medicine!

Feeling a bit low? Put that black mood behind you with just simple smile. Laugh more each day and will not only be happier but also much healthier. Having a good laugh can do more than just raise your spirits. Once you make laughter a regular habit, you will be amazed at the difference it makes to your life- and your health.

Laughter calms you down:

Not only is laughter a great way to release negative emotions such as anger, sadness and depression, it also releases endorphins- the happy hormones that help lift your spirits. You can even start to feel less depressed and angry just by thinking about having a laugh. The mood enhancing benefits of laughter have been studied and researchers discovered that after watching a funny video the study group’s level of depression and anger had dropped by a whopping 98%.

Laughter gives you great skin:

Forget expensive beauty treatments and laugh your way to more radiant skin. According to experts laughter is a great beauty booster as it tones up the muscles in your face and improves blood circulation resulting in a fresher complexion.

Laughter improves relationships:

Laughter with other people is a bonding experience, particularly as you tend to touch more eye contact when sharing a joke or relating a funny story.

Being able to laugh together is a vital for a successful relationship.

Moreover, it involves having an openness to the person, being entertaining and it allows person, being entertaining and it allows for a sense of intimacy and vulnerability.

Laughter boosts immunity:

Laughter helps you fight infections and diseases. In a study conducted in the USA, people who watched funny films had their immune system boosted by 40% and many members of laughter clubs-who meet regularly for self induced laughter therapy, have reported fewer colds and sore throats than the average person. After a boat of laughter, its been found that the body release more antibodies in the nose and respiratory passages which could help to protect against bacteria and viruses. Laughter also increases the number of “natural killer cells” that attack cancer.

Laughter is good for the heart:

Laughter expands blood vessels and helps to send more blood around your body. In fact it’s been found that just 10 minutes of laughing can substantially reduce blood pressure. Laughter may help prevent heart disease too, as it sends more oxygen to your heart muscles and improves blood circulation, which therefore reduces the risk of blood clots. Laughing can also be beneficial for people who have already had a heart attack – a 30 minute fix of humor a day is thought to make you less likely to have a second attack.

[box type=”shadow”] Get Serious About Your Laughter: Make it your mission to have a good laugh every day- don’t leave to chance. See it as the comic equivalent of taking a multi-vitamin. To get the benefits, you need to do it daily. Schedule in laughter appointments to make laughter given in your life. Pencil into your dairy: An evening on the sofa watching re-runs of “ Friends” or whatever makes you laugh. A night out with your girlfriends. A trip with the kids to see a movie (your laughs will come from the delighted expressions on their face!) A phone conversation with a friend who makes you feel up-beat. At least an hour every fortnight to seek out, buy and enjoy magazines, videos, movies or books that make you laugh out aloud.[/box]

Laughter is good for the lungs:

Laughter is one of the best exercises for people who suffer from bronchitis or asthma. When you laugh, it improves your lung capacity and boosts oxygen levels in your blood, which helps to clear congestion.

Laughter beats stress:

During a study, agroup of adults were shown videos of stand up comics for an hour while, the second group was asked to sit quietly. When blood samples were taken afterwards, researchers that the group who had watched the stress related hormones cortisol, dopamine and adrenaline.

During laughter, the body is stimulated and exercised while afterwards the body relaxes and calms itself.

Laughter can also help us let go of physical, emotional and mental tensions.

Indeed, one minute of genuine laughter is thought to be equivalent to 45 minutes of deep relaxation.

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