April 12, 2006

Laughter, the best medicine


A good laugh is not only enjoyable but also promotes better health. Laughter is a revitalizing tonic that heightens and brightens mood, gently relieving tensions and social constraints. It costs nothing.

Here are some benefits of laughter:
REDUCTION OF STRESS HORMONES
Laughter is the best tonic in stressful situations. When we laugh we cannot be worrying at the same time. Laughter reduces at least 4 of neuroendocrine hormones associated with stress response. Stress is one of the most important factors for cause of high blood pressure. In experiments, it has been proved that there is drop of 10-20 mm pressure after participating for 10 minutes in a laughter session.

IMMUNE SYSTEM ENHANCEMENT
It has been proved that negative emotions like anxiety, depression or anger weaken the immune system of the body, thereby reducing its fighting capacity against diseases. Researchers have found that laughter
increases the production of antibodies which in turn strengthens the immune system.

PAIN REDUCTION
Humour allows a person to forget about pains. It draws attention away from the source of discomfort at least momentarily. Laughter causes the production of endorphins, one of the body’s natural pain killers.

CARDIAC EXERCISE
When you are having a good belly laugh, you will find that your heart is racing. You can give your heart a good workout several times a day just by laughing.

RESPIRATION
Frequent belly laughter empties your lungs of more air than it takes in, resulting in a cleansing effect - similar to deep breathing. Especially recommended to patients suffering from asthma and other respiratory ailments.

MAKES YOU LOOK YOUTHFUL
Laughter is an excellent exercise for your facial muscles. It tones up the muscles of the face and improves facial expressions. When you laugh, there is an increase in blood supply, which nourishes the facial skin making it glow. People who laugh look more cheerful and attractive. By squeezing the tear glands through laughter, it moistens the eyes adding a little sparkle to them. Laughter exercises the abdominal muscles and helps improve the muscle tone of those with pot-bellies.

See also:
Cultivate that inner beauty with better mental health



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18 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:55 AM

    The more direct impact of worry comes when worry causes you to neglect your self-care: to eat poorly, not cleanse and moisturize your skin, abuse alcohol, take up smoking or fail to protect your skin from the sun. Also, keep in mind that frowning and worry affect your Inner Beauty, too, as people perceive you as someone negative who is not enjoyable to be around, regardless of your looks. As for smiling, it’s always a good idea, because smiling tells your brain to release serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good neurochemicals that improve mood.

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  2. Giridhar9:29 AM

    Smile. Going around with a dour old face on isn’t going to make you look younger or better in any way. Smile and laugh as much as possible and people won’t even have a chance to notice your age

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  3. We all know that “Laughter is the best medicine” The truth is, while laughing, several positive things happen. The muscles relax, stress hormone product is reduced, people forget about pain, body’s immune system is improved, high-blood pressure is lowered, the heart and lungs are strengthened and overall, every one feel better

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  4. Vinaya4:04 PM

    Smiling is a very impressive function of the human body, that, when used often, can trigger a huge range of well-being benefits for your body, mind and soul. The best part is its absolutely contagious.Research shows that a smile can change your mood, release tension (particularly in your jaw and neck), help you stay positive, boost your immune system, comfort another person, help you relax and even make you look younger.

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  5. unknown4:05 PM

    “The shortest distance between two people is a smile”

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  6. Madhavi3:42 PM

    “A smile cures the wounding of a frown” William Shakespeare

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  7. Anonymous5:36 PM

    “Wear a smile and have friends, wear a scowl and have wrinkles” by George Eliot

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  8. Anjali5:45 PM

    : He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger”

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  9. Anonymous11:06 AM

    “Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it” Unknown

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  10. Unknown8:39 AM

    Benefits of laughter--- Lower blood pressure, Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood, Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles, Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells, Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva., Improve alertness, creativity, and memory

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  11. Manjushri8:44 AM

    I LOVE TO LAUGH IT TAKES ALL MY PROBLEMS AWAY FOR A TIME MAKES ME LIGHT HEARTED AND HAPPY

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  12. Anonymous10:42 AM

    When we laugh, we take in a lot of oxygen. Oxygen, as we all know, is good for the body and provides the extra energy we need. After a good dose of laughter, not only do our stomachs’ hurt, but we feel more energized and sense a new vitality in us. Laughter oxygenates the organs.

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  13. unknown4:42 PM

    A smile can be a powerful thing. Make sure your smile is at its brightest by whitening your teeth. Use whitening strips or visit your local dentist for a quick tooth tune up. Be sure to brush and floss to maintain the health and brightness of your pearly whites.

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  14. Janhvi9:49 AM

    Laughter releases enforfins which make you happy. Also laughter is a beneficial way to relieve stress and clear the mind after a hard day.

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  15. Mukti9:52 AM

    Besides "Laughter is good for the soul" , it is also healthy.....if you have a good belly-whopper at least once a day, you will be healthy. It releases certain things (forgot what they are called) whereas if you keep your feelings bottled up you get stifled. Its like crying, its a release. People who don't cry need to cos its healthy.

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  16. Anjali9:55 AM

    Relieves stress, helps you intake more oxygen, makes you feel good. They tell you in speaking class it's always good to laugh before you go speak in front of a crowd, because it makes you feel more comfortable and less nervous.

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  17. Alison8:23 AM

    Learn the healing power of laughter. Watch a crazy movie, recall a joke or read a funny book and laugh out loud.

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  18. Reema9:47 AM

    Humor is a powerful ally in your muest for relaxation. A good laugh triggers the release of endorphins, chemical in the brain that produce feeling of euphoria.

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