Thursday, November 12, 2009

50 laughs A Day keeps the Doc Away!

  Forget about "an apple a day keeps the doc Away" Try Laughter instead!

So I hope you had at least about a dozen laughs yesterday. Today, we will see how  laughter affected your body. One of my readers commented that he laughed sometimes by himself. That is what Laughter Therapy is all about. Dr. Kateria from Mumbai, who started Laughter Clubs found that laughing without reason is the only way to sustain daily laughter. In India, people meet in the parks for half an hour laughter exercise before going to work. I must admit, it is quite a challenge to do it by oneself especially if others around are not aware of what you're doing or why you're doing it? However, not laughing daily had its negative consequences as I found out - it did lower my immune system.

Laughter does the following as research shows -
1. It lowers blood pressure.

2. It decreases the stress hormones.

3. It boosts the immune system by raising levels of infection-fighting cells.

4. It increases the proteins that fight diseases

5. It triggers the release of endorphins which are the body's natural pain-killers.
(Drs.Lee & Beck)
6.It empties the lungs more, resulting in a cleansing effect. Very beneficial for people with emphysema and other breathing or lung conditions and especially in the Flu Season.

7. As a cardiac exercise, a belly laugh is equivalent to jogging and as Norman Cousins stated, it is internal jogging.

For those who forgot what a Belly Laugh is, this little video might refresh your memories. And if you laugh more, memories become clearer!  So could you answer these couple of questions? 1.Name a few types of laughter?


Carlo said...

I have seen many people here out in the West (California) getting into laughing Yoga. One could only imagine the possible healing effects of feeling happy and laughing. If there is one thing that we need in this harsh stressful business society, it is some time to laugh from the person inside of you, your spirit.

Agapelife said...

Agreed! I think we have a responsibility to pass that message along! I visited and like your blog - none like it in Canada?

Dr. Elaine Ferguson said...

I wholeheartedly support laughter as the best medicine! I first learned of its healing powers over 25 years ago. The research findings are astounding. I believe it should be incorporated into any medical treatment, as it clearly improves our health and well-being.

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