Laughter Is Good For You< br>
by: Nicky Vanvalkenburgh
Have you ever thought about laughter as healthy?
Over 25 years ago, Dr. Norman Cousins in his book “Anatomy of an Illness” described how watching Marx Brother movies helped him recover from a life-threatening tissue disease. “Lau ghter is an antidote to apprehension and panic,” wrote Dr. Cousins.
Can laughter improve your health? Yes! M edical studies have shown that laughter utilizes muscles throughout the body. For inst ance, laughter exercises the lungs and circulatory system and increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. Laughter also:
- Red uces muscle tension
- Boosts endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers
- Reduces levels of hormones and neurochemicals
- Stablizes blood pressure
- Increases heart rate
- Provides a natural boost to the immune system
Amazin gly, laughter also reduces stress. Levels of epi nephrine, the stress hormone which constricts blood vessels and suppresses immune activity –decrease in the body as a result of laughter. In other words , laughter is a good way for people to relax! It is beneficia l from the inside-out, and has no side effects.
Do you hav e respiratory problems? It may be possibl e to laugh them away. There have been in cidences where a hearty belly laugh helped people with respiratory problems by clearing mucus and aiding ventiliation.
Laughter also gives your heart a good cardiac workout. Some hospitals have stand-up comedians and “clown kids” in attempts to speed their patients healing, recovery and boost morale.
Medical researc her Dr. Lee Berk found that laughter increased the activity of “natural killer cells” which destroy viruses and tumors. Laughter also increase d disease-fighting protein, B-cells, the source of a disease-destroying antibody, and T-cells which help cellular immune response.
Today is a fantas tic day to laugh, learn, love, and grow. You can do it! Go ahead and laugh. It’s good for you.
About The Author
If you need a good laugh , check out Nicky VanValkenburgh’s stress reduction website that features funny, weird and bizarre photographs: http://www.20minutestolessstress.com/Funny_pictures.html