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Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

01/08/2015 9:40 pm0 comments

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?  Well for some it might be.   I know for me if I’m feeling stressed out, tired, having a down day, etc. taking some time out and doing something that makes me laugh is great therapy.   So what happens when we laugh?   An article on webmd.com by R. Morgan Giffin puts it this way:

We change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues.

Just like when we work out, getting our heart rate up by laughing can have some similar effects to a mild workout.  Just a  quick side note.  LaughterDon’t think this means you can just sit all day and never workout.   Sitting on the couch all day and laughing at the TV isn’t going to have the same effect as a good workout so it is important to keep up with your workouts.   However frequent times of strong laughter can help relieve some of that work stress, tiredness, and even may boost your immune system resulting in some good long-term benefits to your health.   A writer on mayoclinic.org states laughter may have the following long term benefits:

Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.

Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.

Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.

Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier.

So remember take some time out to laugh and reap some long term health benefits.

 

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