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Laughter: The Best Medicine Indeed

Submitted by on October 28, 2014 – 9:23 PM

laughter_therapy_ophjsLaughter is a great thing – that’s why we’ve all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.”  Laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease. It is a part of human behavior which is naturally present in every human being.

 

Laughter is used as therapy since ancient time. It has outstanding effects on human health. There are thousands of languages, hundreds of thousands of dialects, but everyone speaks laughter in pretty much the same way.

 

Basically, laughter is a physical reaction in humans, consisting typically of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli. Laughter can arise from such activities as being tickled, or from humorous stories or thoughts and also visual expression of a number of positive emotional states, such as joy, mirth, happiness, relief, etc. However, it may be caused by emotional states such as embarrassment, apology, or confusion.

 

Laughter has an endorphin-mediated opiate effect which plays a role in social bonding as well. Endorphins basically inhibit pain signals and produce feeling of well-being which is similar to the effects of opiods.

 

Laughter operates on three different levels. They are the biophysical, biochemical, and bioenergetic levels. There is a link between laughter and healthy function of blood vessels. Laughter causes the dilatation of the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, and increases blood flow by the release of  endorphins.

 

Laughter has been shown to lead to reductions in stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. It also boosts the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T-cells, leading to a stronger immune system, oxygenates the body organs which may cause the degeneration of cancerous cells and prevent different infections by killing parasites and bacteria. Laughter also increases the blood circulation, strengthening the cardiovascular functions, prevents heart attack and strokes, decreases the blood sugar levels and blood pressure and increases muscles flexion, enhancing flexibility of joints.

 

Laughter relaxes the whole body and relieves pain, stress, anxiety or fear. It sharpens  and awakens the mind, enhances visual recognition, learning ability and memory recall. Laughter also improves digestion and relieves GIT discomfort.

 

Laughter is the inexpensive therapy which give amazing effects and is a tool to prevent disease. 15 minutes of laughing daily gives you a healthy life. It has thousands of benefits and give outstanding effect on human health. It enhances the quality of life by preventing many disease conditions and is also used to treat physical, emotional, cognitive, social or spiritual illness.

 

Laughter is the best pain killer which has the ability to cure and encourage you to fight disease, it is necessary and makes life beautiful, healthy and worth living. It makes your surroundings beautiful and is a blessing. So keep smiling and be healthy, wealthy and wise.

 

 

About the Author: Umm-e-Aimon is a student of Pharm D. at Jinnah University for Women. Shevworked as internee at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi, Civil hospital, Karachi. She can be reached at [email protected]

 

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