The ability to laugh is a mechanism that we are all born with. It is a universal form of communication that transcends cultural and language differences. Perhaps we're born, also, with an innate knowing that laughter is healing. Children laugh 300-400 times a day; however, adults only laugh 12-15 times a day. Along the way we stray from what we know makes us feel better.
Studies have shown that laughter helps strengthen the immune system, improve resistance to infection and disease, and decrease levels of stress hormones. It also triggers the release of endorphins which improves sense of well-being and relieves pain. Studies also show that laughter decreases depression, anxiety, and psychosomatic disorders. Furthermore, laughter has been shown to protect the heart by improving the functions of blood vessels. Laughter has positive physiological and psychological effects, with one minute of laughter equaling 6 minutes on a rowing machine.
While laughter should not be used as a substitute for clinical medical care, it can be a fun, easy, and affordable way to stay healthy and happy. Laughter therapy is a process that uses stretching, breathing exercises, body movements, and laughter exercises to aid in the healing effects of laughter.
"The physical and psychological benefits of laughter come second only to the physical and psychological benefits of sex." - Raju Mandhayan, PhD
Why not give it a try?
Information source - Gulshan Sethi, MD