Do not overlook the importance of laughter. Laughter IS the best medicine, and it can heal both mental and physical problems.
It’s true. Laughter has the power to heal both your mind and your body. In fact, doctors now use laughter therapy, laughter yoga and laughter clubs to help people get well.
And not just for mental health problems. Laughter has helped people heal themselves, even when they were seriously ill, like with cancer.
Learning to laugh out loud can actually save your life! And laughter provides instant stress relief!
Have you ever been in the middle of an argument, when someone said something funny and made you laugh? I’ll bet you had a hard time staying angry after that! Laughter has a way of breaking the tension.
Health Benefits of Laughter
Laughter is the best medicine. That was the title of a section of the Reader’s Digest magazine for years. It was a regular section that had short stories about real people–showing the humor in life.
But, more than just being a cute title for a magazine section, there was truth in that title. Laughter does have the power to heal. And it heals people with all kinds of illnesses–stress related illnesses–every single day!
Am I being bold to say that the illnesses are caused by stress? Not at all. Doctors agree that up to 70% of all illness is caused by negative stress, or distress.
And, luckily, if the illnesses are caused by stress, learning to relax can reverse and get rid of most of those stress related illnesses!
Laughter Therapy or Laughter Yoga
Do you remember a time when you had a good belly laugh? The kind that actually hurts your stomach when you’re done laughing? Whether you knew it or not, that belly laugh was GOOD for you.
Laughing out loud actually exercises the abdominal muscles and releases positive hormones called endorphins, into your bloodstream. Endorphins make us feel good.
One of the effects of laughter is a feeling of calm or peace. That’s because laughter releases tension and anxiety. It lifts your spirit.
Laughter is a great stress management tool and can improve your mood. Smiling reduces tension in the face muscles. Smiling is also contagious. When you smil, someone smiles back.
Laughter therapy and laughter yoga are being used widely to help people who are under great stress and want to learn to laugh again. When you learn to laugh again, you learn to have fun!
Laughter for Your Health
Here are some of the effects of laughter that you might not know about:
- Exercise – Laughter is a form of mild exercise. It fills the lungs with oxygen similar to aerobic exercise, and it exercises the abdominal muscles.
- Stress reduction – When stress and anxiety are reduced, you relax and take life less seriously.
- Blood pressure – gets lower.
- Moods – Laughter is often used for depression or anger. You can’t feel depressed and happy at the same time.
- Relaxation – Your body automatically relaxes when you laugh out loud. Laughing eases muscle tension and reduces psychological stress.
- Immune system – Laughter boosts your immune system’s function. It increases your health and well-being.
The importance of laughter for your mental and physical health cannot be overstated. Learning to laugh out loud can help you put things back into perspective.
It can help you get a grip on situations that are causing you to be anxious. Laughter can be the stimulus that helps you enjoy life again.