It is said that a child laughs on the average 400 times a day, while an adult
laughs only 15 times each day. Which is puzzling since laughter feels so good
and is so good for us! You may not know the benefits of laughter on the mind
and spirit, but are you aware of how much a good laugh can help you physically?
Norman Cousins used to say that laughter is so beneficial physically that it
is like "inner jogging".
The Mayo Clinic (Mayo Clinic Health Letter, March 1993) reports that laughter
aids breathing by disrupting your normal respiration pattern and increasing
your breathing rate. It can even help clear mucus from your lungs. Laughter
is good for your heart. It increases circulation and improves the delivery of
oxygen and nutrients to tissues throughout your body. A good laugh helps your
immune system fight off colds, flu and sinus problems by increasing the concentration
of immunoglobulin A in your saliva. And it may help control pain by raising
the levels of endorphins in the brain. It is also a natural stress reliever.
Have you ever laughed so hard that you doubled over, fell off your chair, spat
out your food and wet your pants? You cannot maintain muscle tension when you
are laughing! The good news is that you are allowed more than 15 laughs a day!
Go ahead and double the dose and make it 30 times today. (You may begin to notice
your relationships improving!) Then double it again!! You are bound to feel
better, you will cope with problems more effectively and people will enjoy being
around you. Laughter: It's good medicine, completely organic, it can be shared,
recycled and is absolutely free. A Gift from God!!!" By Steve Goddier,
publisher of Your Life Support System
Remember, if you always face the sun you will never see the shadows!
Laughter is like a 'mini-workout', as a number of muscles are involved (neck,
chest, abdomen, diaphragm).
Laughter produces endorphins and T-cells to relieve pain and enhance the immune
Laughter is a tranquilliser with no side effects!
See funny movies; Chaplain's
read funny books, jokes, or listen to funny
Laugh 30 minutes a day.
Laughter rooms in hospitals are becoming popular.
Laughter is a great medicine and wonderful stress reliever. Laughter is shown
to release two important hormones from the brain, endorphins and encephalins,
which break the pain cycle. These hormones also relieve tension and depression.
Laughter also increases T-cells (special immune cells), which are essential
for combating disease. 11
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