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Laughter, The Best Medicine And It's Free and Contagious!

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I'm a firm believer in laughter as part of our lives. Laughter can serve us in so many healthy ways.

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Laughter Is So Beneficial For Our Health

LAUGHTER, the best medicine, FREE, and contagious, with no side effects!

Far back in history, LAUGHTER has been addressed as beneficial to the human body, physically and mentally. In the Bible, Proverbs 17:22 t states:

"a cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." And the Greeks prescribed a visit to the Hall of Comedy for healing after an illness. Then in the 14th century, a French surgeon, Henri de Mondeville, used humor to distract his patients during surgery and again in recovery.

In 1964, Norman Cousins (1912-1990), a journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate, received life-threatening disease. He had read about the effects of laughter and told his friend and doctor, Dr. William Hitzig, he would "cure" himself. The doctor had told him only one in five ever recovered from the disease. Cousins checked out of the hospital and into a motel. He received massive doses of Vitamin C and set up videos to watch comedies.

Cousins went on to recover and live another twenty-six years. Cousins was the catalyst to show the connection between mind and body.

Laughter is similar to anti-depression medicine. Laughter releases the neurotransmitter serotine stabilizing our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. It impacts our whole body. Then, in turn, dopamine is the "feel-good" hormone.

Here are some other ways to boost Serotonin and Dopamine naturally:

  • Exercise
  • Spending Time in Nature
  • Mediation
  • Gratitude
  • Use of essential oils such as lavender
  • Enjoying happy news
  • Laughter


Norman Cousins

Norman Cousins

Makes Us Happy

Makes Us Happy

Health Plan

Health Plan

Smiley

Smiley

Best Effects of Laughter

Here are a few health benefits we derive from laughter:

  • It triggers physical and emotional changes
  • It strengths our immune system
  • It boosts our mood
  • It diminishes pain
  • It protects us from stress
  • A good laugh works faster
  • It triggers endorphins, called "the feel-good" chemical.
  • It protects the heart.
  • Laughing for just 10 minutes burns 40 calories.
Earned Wrinkles

Earned Wrinkles

My 20 Minute Jog

My 20 Minute Jog

Life is Better

Life is Better

Medicine Acknowledges Laughter as Beneficial

Time and time again, medical experts submitted articles on the benefits of laughter. It is especially critical now, with a global pandemic, economic strain, and political turmoil affecting our lives, that the need to alleviate the stress be addressed.

A recent article in the Journal of Epidemiology states that those who laugh more have a lower risk of heart disease. Dr. Michael, a cardiologist at the University of Medical School of Medicine in Baltimore, stated, "having a good sense of humor is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety."

In the same journal, a study of over 20,000 men and women over 64 found that those who rarely laughed had a 21% higher risk of heart disease and a 60% higher risk of strokes.

Philosopher Bertrand Russel once said 'laughter is the most inexpensive and effective WONDER DRUG."

Today, with the medical field acknowledging the benefits of Laughter, groups have been formed called Laughter Yoga along with Laughter Clubs focusing on laughing and humor.

A whole new field dedicated to studying LAUGHTER is called PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY. Broken down it consists of:

psycho = hopes and feeling

neuro = chemicals in the brain

immunology = hormones to fix disease


Stay Young

Stay Young

Sources Used

mayo clinic.org

webmd.com

medicalnewstoday.com

journal. physiology.org

Comments

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on March 07, 2021:

E Randall, thank you for visiting. I appreciate your comments.

E Randall from United States on March 06, 2021:

This is great, something so simple can be so beneficial for us. Who would have known, thank you for writing this. I appreciate it.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on March 03, 2021:

DDE, thanks for your visit. I agree with you-always have a positive attitude.

Smile!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 03, 2021:

I always thought that being happy and positive is the key to happiness and laughter is one of my best approaches to life. I smile and get up every day in a positive manner.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on March 03, 2021:

Rosina, thanks for your visit. I hope I made you laugh.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on March 03, 2021:

Rosina, thanks for your visit. Glad I could make you laugh.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on March 03, 2021:

Rosina, thanks for your visit. Glad I could make you laugh.

Rosina S Khan on March 02, 2021:

I loved this article, Fran and it certainly boosted up my spirits. Thanks for sharing.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on March 02, 2021:

This wonderful article reminds me of a song from the movie "Singin in the Rain." Donald O'Conner danced and sang "Be a Clown" which brings such a great message. We need laughter now, more than ever. Thank you for adding the cartoons.

Laugh your way through life,

Audrey

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 02, 2021:

It is lovely being able to read an upbeat article like this one. Thanks! Laughter is the best medicine!

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on March 02, 2021:

Pamela, thanks for your visit and generous comments. as a medical worker, I know you appreciate the benefits.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 02, 2021:

This is a terrific article, Fran, and oh so true. I love all the benefits you listed from laughing and the cartoons are so funny. This was a great idea for an upbeat article.

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