Laughter is the Best Medicine

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
— E.E. Cummings

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Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others and keeps you grounded, focused and alert. It also helps you to release anger and be more forgiving. With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free and easy to use.*

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells - improving your resistance to disease.

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.

Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect against cardiovascular problems.

Laughter may help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer.**

*Lawrence Robinson, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., Helpguide.org, Sept 2018.

**Cancer Treatment Centers of America® currently uses Laughter Therapy in their treatments.


LAUGHING IS CONTAGIOUS SO LET’S LAUGH MORE

  • Smile - smiling is the beginning of laughter.

  • Count your blessings - they will make you smile.

  • When you hear laughter, move towards it.

  • Spend time with fun, playful people.

  • Bring humor to conversations.

  • Don’t take yourself too seriously - lighten up.


Scientifically Speaking…

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“Laughter therapy gives our body various physiological changes, and has an influence on the physical temperature, blood pressure, lung capacity, heart rate, muscles in the musculoskeletal system, and brain activity, so it can have an overall effect in promoting health (Hayashi et al. 2007; Bennett and Lengacher 2009). Mentally, laughter therapy helps reduce unpleasant feelings such as tension, anxiety, hatred, and anger, alleviates feelings of depression, aids better interpersonal relationships, and improves insomnia, memory failure, and dementia (Takeda et al. 2010; Bains et al. 2015) … Laughter is a positive sensation, and seems to be a useful and healthy way to overcome stress. Decreasing stress-making hormones found in the blood, laughter can mitigate the effects of stress (Farifteh et al. 2014) … Therefore, it is effective and scientifically supported as either a single or adjuvant therapy. - from Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter in Mental Health: A Theoretical Review 


 
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Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
— Mark Twain