Laughter and Our Health
Laughing 100 times is the
equivalent to 10 minutes on the rowing machine or 15 minutes on an
"Having a sense of humor
can come in handy!"
hundreds of years, it has been acknowledged that "Laughter is
the best Medicine". Breakthrough medical research is shedding
new light on the physiological beneficial effects of humor
on health. A sense of humor can come in handy, whether it's for
dealing with an illness, the pressures of daily living, stress,
coping at work even, humor can dramatically change the quality and
outlook of our lives. Humor is an easy way to get in touch
with your feelings, and control them in difficult
you must know that laughter is not the same as humor.
Laughter is simply the physiological response to
Laughing makes us feel
good for a reason. The physiological effects on our body do
some pretty amazing stunts. For instance:
- Laughter appears to
reduce levels of certain
hormones, and growth hormone. Laughter provides a safety
valve that shuts off the flow of stress hormones and the
fight-or-flight compounds that comes into action in times of
stress, rage or hostility. Stress hormones suppress the immune
system, increase the number of platelets (which can cause
obstructions in arteries), and raise blood pressure.
- Laughter boosts the
Immune System. When in a state of mirth, natural killer cells
that destroy tumors and viruses increase, as do Gamma-interferon (a
disease fighting protein), T-cells, which are a vital part
of the immune response, and B-cells, which make disease-destroying
antibodies. It also increases the concentration of salivary
immunoglobulin A, which defends against the entry of infectious
organisms through the respiratory tract. Laughter basically brings
balance to all the components of the immune system.
Blood Pressure is
lowered, and there is an increase in vascular blood flow, and an
increase in oxygenation of the blood which further assists
Laughter can be an total
- Laughter may lead to
hiccuping and coughing, which will clear the respiratory
tract by dislodging mucus plugs.
- Laughter also gives your
diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory and facial, leg and back
muscles a workout. So basically laughter is an all over body
workout. You can have fun, keep fit, and stay healthy in one easy
step! Just Laugh!
- There also has been
some belief that laughter may help prevent some
life-threatening diseases such as heart disease. Anger and fear,
are two common emotions, which are frequently responsible for the
cause of heart attacks.
you often feel exhausted after a bout of contagious giggling? This
is because you have just had an aerobic workout.