|IS LAUGHTER THE BEST MEDICINE?
Laughter really may be some of the best medicine that we can have, as it appears to boost our blood flow by more than 20 percent - a similar effect to that of aerobic activity, which may reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
The benefits of laughing have also been found to help fight infections, relieve hay fever, ease pain and help control diabetes. When we are feeling run down or without energy - try a little more laughing. Some researchers think laughter just might make the difference, helping us feel better and putting that spring back in our step.
Medical studies indicate that laughter boosts levels of endorphins, these are the body’s natural painkillers, and suppress levels of epinephrine, the stress hormone.
Laughter establishes and can restore a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between two people; In fact, some say that the major function of laughter is to bring people closer together, the health benefits of laughter may simply result from the social support that laughter stimulates.
The sounds we hear represent just a fraction of the vibrational energy that surrounds us. There are a wide range of sounds that we are able to hear, from the crash of thunder to the song of a bird; just as we can be affected by sounds, not just through hearing them but also through feeling them we can produce sounds that use and set free our own vibrational energies.
There is evidence that laughter helps the blood vessels function better. It acts on the inner lining of blood vessels, called the endothelium, causing vessels to relax and expand which in turn increases the blood flow, this is good for the heart and brain as both of these organs require the steady flow of oxygen carried in the blood.
We know that laughter reduces stress it may also keep us balanced in a busy world which can often be too serious. If you are able to laugh loudly and often you have a much better chance of coping with the stresses in life. When something amuses you, don’t hold back your feelings – let your laughter flow.
By: Lesley-Ann Sales - Utah, United States