#5 of An Inspirational Series
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Laughter is the Best Medicine
When last did you hear a funny story that had you holding your stomach with the pain of laughing so hard?
Feels good, doesn’t it? Laughter truly is the best medicine available.
The Benefits of Laughter
Laughter can keep the muscles in the body relaxed for about 45 minutes. Think of the boost to your well-being if you surround yourself with happy people who find joy in their everyday activities.
Let’s look at how laughter improves our lives:
1. An unusual way to keep fit
We rarely think of it but laughter can improve your fitness. There are 43 muscles in the face. When you smile, you use at least 22 of them.
So smiling and laughing more gives your face a good workout.
Cardiac surgeon Dr. Gulshan Sethi of the Tucson Medical Center says laughter is:
“like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles.”
This is clear from the growing popularity of laughter yoga.
So master a few laughter yoga techniques and use with other yoga asanas to take your fitness to the next level in no time.
2. Relieves stress
A short burst of laughter brightens your mood immediately.
The Mayo Clinic has this to say about laughter:
“Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief.”
So just how does laughter relieve stress:
Laughter creates an interplay between hormones and chemicals in the body. First, the stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) are reduced. At the same time, the brain stimulates endorphins which arouse feelings of happiness and joy.
So no matter what the difficulty you’re facing, laughter allows you to forget them and feel a momentary joy.
3. Boosts the immune system
Deep laughter results in a greater intake of oxygen. This improves blood circulation which helps the heart and lungs function better.
Laughter also leads to an increase in the cells which produce antibodies hence strengthening the immune system.
4. Improves pain tolerance
While the root cause of the pain is still there, laughter can help you forget about the pain for a while. If you build regular laughter into your routine, you can gradually increase your pain tolerance.
Now you have the reasons to laugh more and enjoy life.
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