I’m not saying that you should replace your doctor’s advice with this one simple step… I am saying that you can increase your health with one easy step: laughter.
Have you ever noticed how laughter makes pain more bearable? Or how when you even fake a smile or laughter, it eventually becomes a real one?
Laughter produces health benefits that are beneficial to our lives. Apparently, it event has a field of study named for it: gelotology.
Wikipedia describes Gelotology as: “…(from the Greek γέλως gelos “laughter”) is the study of laughter and its effects on the body, from a psychological and physiological perspective. Its proponents often advocate induction of laughter on therapeutic grounds in alternative medicine.”
Increase your health in one easy step.
Now I realize that suffering involves many factors that interconnect like the physical, psychological, social, emotional and neurological aspects. Disease cannot be cured by laughter, but laughter certainly seems to help individuals cope with the experience of suffering.
I’m sure you, yourself, have experienced the benefits of laughter. Ever felt an increase in your health and wellbeing after a good session of laughter with friends.
How does laughter increase your health?
Physical health benefits:
Improves blood flow
Strengthens the abs
How about mental health benefits?
Gives a sense of wellbeing
Improves your mood
Releases endorphins (which relieves stress)
Reduces symptoms of depression
And Social benefits?
Great for team building
Draws others to us
Lightens the mood in stressful situations
If you can laugh at yourself, you are going to be fine. If you allow others to laugh with you, you will be great. Martin Niemoller
We hear people say, laughter is the best medicine. This seems to be true in many ways. When we laugh we look at life in a new light, new perspective and also with a more positive attitude. Not to mention that it is contagious.
So, do we have any research to support that laughter can help enhance our health? Our immune system? Our life? That it can be eventually used as part of the healing steps working hand in hand with our doctor?
As far as I know, studies are showing that laughter can help our heart, our immune system and to improve our overall health. Laughter is validated as having pain relieving benefits and as strengthening our immune system by causing a relaxation response from our nervous system. (Too technical maybe?). All in all, laughter is really good for us.
Yours in wellness ~ Nancy Shimmy