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Is Laughter The Best Medicine?

The best things in life are still free.  Laughter, having fun and a good sense of humor all can lift the spirits and they’re free.  When we laugh our brain releases endorphines which make us feel good.  Endorphines are responsible for the runners high and they are the body’s natural pain killers. 

There are many theories as to why we laugh.  I would like to think it is because it makes us feel good.  It is stimulating yet it is relaxing.  It is almost like a yawn, once it begins you have to just follow through.

There is scientific proof (through clinical studies) that the effects of laughter actually boosts interferon levels, thus strengthening the immune system and accelerating the healing process.  So, in some cases  laughter has been known to fight off illness and disease. 

Laughter is said to:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce stress
  • Relax the body
  • Has a cleansing effect on the respiratory system
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Makes you forget pain

Norman Cousins who wrote the book  Anatomy of an Illness (a patients perspective) said “the belly laugh was like internal jogging.”  Belly laughing helps open the airways and enhances breathing.  Cousins had a degenerative disease of the connective tissue.  He suffered adverse reactions to his medications and with the OK from his doctor decided to try something else.  He checked into a hotel room, read humorous book, watched funny movies and laughed all day long. He received no medication but did receive a vitamin C shot everyday.  The book Anatomy of an Illness is about his experiences of laughing his way to health.   Of course there was some controversy as to whether or not he was properly diagnosed in the first place. 

From a personal perspective, I believe that laughing raises our vibrations and when we laugh we tend to be more positive and upbeat.  We feel uplifted.  Most of us know from personal experience that people who are upbeat and joyful are usually healthier than those who are always discussing their illnesses and feeling down.

Cousins said “death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”   We can keep our lives “alive” by being more comfortable with ourselves and allowing ourselves to enjoy more of those belly laughs.   It is OK to enjoy things in life and to take time to see the humor in everyday things.  Notice how you feel after a good laugh. 

We have only one life and it is far too short…so lets laugh a lot!

Do you have a comment or story you would like to share?  I love having your comments.

 

 

 

 

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April 19, 2008 - Posted by | Tips For Natural Health | , , ,

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