It turns out laugher really is the best medicine. Laughter is one way to make your life healthier as well as happier. It is truly an inexpensive, noninvasive medical cure. You can literally laugh your way toward good health.
What Does Laughter Do?
When you laugh, your body releases two types of mood chemicals: serotonin and endorphins. These act to elevate your moods. Besides the release of these chemicals, the process of laughing works to produce the following physiological effects:
Your heart rate increases
The blood vessels in your body expand
You take in more oxygen
As a result of these physical processes, the blood flow increases, your muscles relax, and your blood pressure becomes regulated.
When you laugh, the world may not laugh with you, but you feel much better. Any physical tension in your body disappears or is reduced. The stress seems to evaporate. Pain is decreased, if not eliminated. If your immune system is low, laughing will provide it with a boost. Laughter is one of the best medicines.
The Relaxing Effect of Laughter
Laughter helps you relax. It removes tension. If you are relaxed, you are less likely to be irritable. If you are in a group situation, laughter makes you more capable of feeling a part of the group. It also helps you to break the ice if you find yourself in a group of people you do not know. Laughter cuts through tension and provides a meeting point for many individuals. As for relationships…many women list the ability to make them laugh a significant criterion for a mate.
Research indicates that people who laugh frequently are less likely to develop cancer. If they already have this disease, they are more likely to beat it. Laughter has also been found to act as a protection against other serious health issues such as heart attack. After you laugh, stress and tension in your muscles disappear for as long as 45 minutes. Findings by MP Bennett and C Lengacher published in March 2008’s Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine support the positive health effects of laughter. Moreover, research published in a 2011 edition of the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found laughter to be an effective means of reducing depression and increasing life satisfaction.
What You Should Do
Laugh. You need to laugh more on a regular basis. Start with a simple smile and think of your blessings. Laugh out loud. Laugh when things seem overwhelming and put everything into perspective. You also need to laugh with others. This can be a cathartic and binding experience. Laughing in a group is positive psychologically.
Laughing has more than therapeutic powers—it can actually physically help prevent health issues. Moreover, if you are already ill, it can help you recover. Based on the scientific research, laughter truly is a small noninvasive medical miracle cure.