Laughter is medicine for the body

Laughter is medicine for the body

Make laughter a part of your life. Have you ever heard someone giving a joke and their friends laughing their head off, and you there wondering, what so funny, where is the joke.

Jokes are like people, some are local, some are national while others are internal.

If you don't find some of my jokes funny, please forgive me, those may be the ones falling in the first two categories.

A good bellyful of healthy laugh makes you feel good. And the good feeling lingers even after the joke subsides. Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and life's inevitable challenges.

The Health Benefits of Laughter

Laughter boosts the immune system - It decreases stress hormones like epinephrine, cortisol, dopamine and growth hormone. It strengthens the immune system and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, making you more resistant to disease.

Also Activates the Immune System - Research shows that it increases the number and activity level of natural killer cells that attack viral infected cells and some types of cancer and tumor cells. Also increase in T Cells and antibodies all of which make the body's immune system stronger.

Protection of the Heart – It improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack or a stroke.

Enhance the healing process - It brings in positive emotions that can enhance – not replace -- conventional treatments. Thus it is another tool available to help fight the disease.

Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter

Relaxation of the whole body - It relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed.

Internal Exercises - A belly laugh is equivalent to "an internal jogging. Big laugh exercises the diaphragm: It provides a workout for the diaphragm and increasing the body's ability to use oxygen, especially for those who are short on exercise

Muscle Relaxation - Belly laugh results in muscle relaxation. While you laugh, the muscles that do not participate in the belly laugh, relaxes.

Pain Reduction – Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even cause a person to "forget" about pains such as aches, arthritis, and so forth.

Aids Respiration - Frequent belly laughter empties your lungs of more air than it takes in resulting in a cleansing effect - similar to deep breathing.

Disarm yourself - When you make fun of yourself, you disempower those who would make fun of you and disarm possible confrontations.

It Relaxes the Atmosphere - It dissolves tension, stress, anxiety, irritation, anger, grief, and depression. Like crying, laughter lowers inhibitions, allowing the release of pent-up emotions. After a hearty bout of laughter, you will experience a sense of well-being.

Creates exercise for the whole brain - for the left hemisphere is used to decipher the verbal content of a joke while the right hemisphere interprets whether it is funny or not.

Attracts others to you - Everyone loves someone who can make them laugh. The more you share your sense of humor, the more friends you will have.

Laughter like yawning, is contagious; it is irresistible

Laughter is free and has no known negative side effects.

So, Let's laugh. A joke a day keep the stress away