Laughter is the best medicine #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Laughter is an innate ability that we are all born with. Some of us are able to develop it into adulthood, while some let it dwindle under the force of daily stresses and worries. However, there is now a growing body of research available to suggest that laughter might actually have some therapeutic value. In other words, in many ways, laughter is the best medicine.

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E. E. Cummings

Here are just some of the reasons why laughter is the best medicine:

  1. Stress relief. When we laugh, we trigger the release of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals. These relieve stress and cause a general sense of well-being within us.
  2. Relaxation. Laughter physically relaxes our muscles, relieving us of tiredness.
  3. Immunity. By increasing the infection-fighting antibodies in our blood and decreasing the level of stress hormones, laughter helps to improve our immunity.
  4. Good for the heart. Laughter improves blood flow and boosts overall cardiac functioning.
  5. Improves longevity. A Norwegian research team studied the link between sense of humour and mortality and found that high scores on humour were associated with low scores on death from heart disease and infection.

Apart from these benefits of laughter on physical health, there are also significant positive impacts on mental health. Laughter can help us deal better with distress – it is difficult to feel sad or angry when you are laughing. By reducing stress and anxiety, laughter can help us focus better and be more productive. Apart from helping with relaxation, laughter also creates a psychological distance from a distressing situation, helping us to deal better with it. In addition, shared laughter can bring people together.

Humour allows us to see things in a more positive light and helps to deal better with difficult situations in life. Even an extremely tense or distressing situation can be lightened a little if one is willing to see some humour in it. Naturally, this isn’t always the easiest thing to do, and here is where the concept of shared laughter and the contagiousness of laughter can help. When you’re unable to find something funny, and need help, you can turn to another person to help you out. That person could be a friend with a good sense of humour, or a funny book, or a Youtube video of your favourite stand-up comic.

Nowadays, more and more medical practitioners have also started believing in the power of laughter therapy, especially for patients with chronic pain. It has been found that laughter helps people better withstand pain. Certain cancer hospitals in America have even started using laughter clubs as part of an integrative treatment approach, to help patients cope better as they go through intensive conventional treatments.

So in many ways you see, laughter really is the best medicine.

“We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.” – William James

 

How do you incorporate this daily medicine into your life?

 

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5 thoughts on “Laughter is the best medicine #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z”

  1. Ah! Life is so sad and bland without smiles and laughter. Thanks to my husband who can find fun in anything, smiles and laughter are not scarce in our home. The comedy series on Comedy Central and Zee Cafe which we watch daily, add more smiles and laughter in our day!

  2. i find a reason to laugh neha. If my house is in dead silence, i break it being the entertainer. no way for the boys. they have to laugh with me. or atleast laugh seeing me laugh. it is so funny to see people going to stand up comedies and laughing club to laugh artificially forgetting that it is natural process and they have it within them. nice post! You have no compulsions to visit my blog and leave your comment. I just wanted to share my love with other bloggers too. have a nice day:)

  3. You have the choice every day to look for the humor. Maybe you are trying to decide what you want to watch on Netflix. Choose shows like Friends or New Girl over those shows that make your brain hurt when you turn off the TV. Subscribe to a few YouTube channels that correlate with your humor. With media at our fingertips, there is no excuse for the lack of laughter in our lives. Make choices that bring the laughter out of you–drink up the free and healthy medicine and watch your life change.

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