There is power in laughing! Laughter is an exercise which inspires, arouses and stimulates the heart. People look younger, and more fun when they laugh! Laughter is a natural painkiller which also reduces depression and anxiety a great deal.
I once read about Norman Cousins, an American journalist who was suffering from an incurable disease of the spine. He benefited from laughter therapy in a situation where all painkillers were ineffective. Dr. William Fry of Stanford University, USA also claims one minute of laughter is equal to 10 minutes on the rowing machine. Laughing is so powerful, it heals and its benefit are innumerable.
Here are a few reasons why we need to learn to keep laughing and laughing…
Aids Emotional Well-being
Laughter melts tension, stress, anxiety, irritation, anger, grief, and depression. Like crying, laughter lowers inhibitions, allowing the release of pent-up emotions. After an enthusiastic bout of laughter, you will experience a sense of well-being. Simply put, he who laughs, lasts. A person without a sense of humor is like a car without shock absorbers!
Medical researchers have found that laughter boosts the immune system. The study of how behavior and the brain affect the immune system is called ‘psychoneuroimmunology’. Though still in its infancy, this science is rapidly gaining much attention as mankind strives to understand the mind-body relationship. Humor also helps integrate both hemispheres of our brain, for the left hemisphere is used to decipher the verbal content of a joke while the right hemisphere interprets whether it is funny or not.
Promotes Healthy Living
The singular benefit almost everybody derives is a sense of well-being because more oxygen is taken in during laughter. Laughing reduces pain by releasing endorphins that are more potent than equivalent amounts of morphine. According to Dr. James Walsh, laughter is even equivalent to a small amount of exercise. It massages all the organs of the body and aids blood circulation. When you develop your sense of humor you will also find out that you are more productive, a better communicator, and a superior team player.
Boosts Personal Network
Everyone loves someone who can make them laugh. The more you share your sense of humor, the more friends you will have. And when you make fun of yourself by laughing, you also dis-empower those who would make fun of you and disarm possible conflicts. Humor brings the balance we need to get through the turbulence of life comfortably. A sense of humor can help you accept the inevitable, rise to any challenge, handle the unexpected with ease, and come out of any difficulty smiling.
The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed. Don’t wait until you are ill before you begin practicing laughter therapy. Start today by attending a comedy show (once in a while), borrowing humorous books from the library, watching comics on TV, and exchanging jokes with family members, friends, and co-workers. If you are visiting someone in the hospital, why not present funny greeting cards and humorous books instead of flowers? Laughter just makes you feel good. Laugh and the world laughs with you. How you react in this season and always is up to you. Live life laughing!