Laughter Therapy & Its Surprising Effects on Health

Do you know that a mirthful laughter is as good for your body as a jog around the park? Indeed, laughter is the best medicine – a laughter has the capacity to blast stress into smithereens.

Stress can affect memory and learning ability, particularly in elderly individuals. It increases production of cortisol – a stress hormone that can damage brain cells (called neurons).

When they say laughter is the best medicine, they are not wrong but what’s absolutely amazing is that laughter is perhaps the only medicine which has 0% side effects.

 

 

Research has shown that laughter can improve the quality of life by:

  • Reducing Depression:

    Researchers from Kyungpook National University, Korea have shown that laughter therapy improves mental functions, such as memory, alertness, and creativity and reduces depression, insomnia an sleep quality, particularly in older adults. Guess it’s time to play the funny cat videos for your grandpa?

  • Triggering the Release of Happy Chemicals 

    Elizabeth Adams of Clemson University, South Carolina found laughter to be the best medicine. She divided patients in two groups; one was shown humorous movies; the other was control group. Unsurprisingly, the group that was shown movies showed improvement in mood and reduction in stress. Elizabeth and colleagues found laughter to release of happy chemicals, called endorphins, in the subjects watching movies an laughing their heads off. Endorphins are body’s natural painkillers.

  • Boosting Immune System:

     In a 2003, Bennett Marry an co of Western Kentucky University showed “mirthful laughter” to be the cheapest medicine to boost immune system. Various stressors affect neurological, immune and endocrine systems which can decrease body’s resistance against diseases. Researchers found laughter to produce psychoimmunological response in the body by boosting natural killer cells (T-cells).

    Other Benefits Of Laughter Include:

  • Regulation in blood circulation
  • Stimulation of heart and lungs an improvement in oxygen intake
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Relief of pains and aches
  • Better digestion
  • Balance of blood pressure and blood sugar

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