Laughter is good medicine

Proverbs 17:22 tells us, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”Nov 15, 2017

Laughter could be thought of as an audible expression or present as excitement, an inward feeling of joy and happiness.  It may develop from jokes, tickling, and other stimuli completely unrelated to psychological state.

 Laughter the Best Medicine? Turns out the answer is yes. Explore the healing and social benefits of laughing as well as making this healthy addition to your daily routine.I love to laugh. I love to listen to others laugh. I find myself drawn to people who are fun, comedians, and thinking about friendly shenanigans. I have one friend whose laugh is contagious and it is almost impossible to be in the room with her without laughing. My curiosity piqued to research the link between laughing and our emotional health. After all, you’ve likely heard the expression ‘laughter is the best medicine’. When we can learn to live in the moment rather than in the past or in the future we will learn to laugh more everyday. Then you do not have the heaviness of the world’s problems on our shoulders. When I was younger I was even called the nickname “giggles”.

Did you know when we laugh it produces good hormones that help us to be healthy?

Well it does so let us begin to laugh our way to good health.

Think about how often you laugh on a daily basis. Then think about how much you used to laugh when you were a child. Why did we forget how to laugh as an adult? Are we all being too serious being an adult with all of our responsibilities?

Think about all the things that make you laugh. Here are some examples: Listening to jokes

Watching comedy in movies or comedy shows, having friends tell you jokes. Laughing at yourself when funny things happen to you. There is research to support the theory that laughter makes you healthier. Find studies. 

Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh.

Laughter is an endorphin releaser.

Laughter contagiously forms social bonds.

Laughter fosters brain connectivity.

Laughter is central to relationships.

Laughter has an effect similar to antidepressants

Laughter seems to be a benefit for all of us in reducing stressful moments, connecting with others, improving well-being and positive emotions just to name a few. The solution here is easy: treat laughter as you would your diet and exercise regime, and try to get some laughter into your daily routine. Just a few minutes a day can increase your mood, overall health and wellness.

Stress relief from laughter

A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body.

Long-term effects

Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long term

Laughing yoga, also known as laughter yoga, involves a series of movement and breathing exercises to promote deliberate laughter.

It’s used as a remedy for physical, psychological, and spiritual ailments, as advocates believe that intentional (simulated) laughter can provide benefits equal to those of spontaneous laughter (e.g., laughing at a joke).

Laughter Yoga includes four things:

  1. Clapping in rhythm to ‘ho-ho-ha-ha-ha’.
  2. Breathing and stretching.
  3. Child-like play.
  4. Laughter exercises

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