The power of laughter
Laughter has powerful healing benefits physically and mentally. We live in a society that thrives off of negativity. One local new station decided a few years to go to report more good news than bad news. Unfortunately, there ratings went down so they had to turn back to traditional news reporting. Strangely enough in our human nature we like to hear about the drama.
Laughing actually stretches your muscles, raises the blood pressure slightly causes oxygen to reach the cells faster.
Acccording to University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore found that laughing impacts how well the blood vessels are able to expand (the better they expand, the lower the chances of heart attack and stroke). After volunteers watched a funny movie, blood flow significantly increased (by 22 percent) in 19 of the 20 volunteers. The benefits were so profound the participants blood flow was parallell to what you would find in the blood flow of someone who workout for 15 - 30 minutes.
Laughter has actually become apart of exercise. Laughing yoga is the new wave of yoga in the west. It is was created by Dr. Madan Kataria, a Physician from Mumbai, India. He started this practice in a park in 1995 with just a few devotees. This practice has grown worldwide. There are more than 6000 Social Laughter clubs in about 60 countries.
Laughing yoga is taking unconditional laughter and combining it with yoga breathing techniques. Laughter is used here as an exercise, not you observing something funny. The participate or practitioner combines breathing techniques with just laughing out loud. After awhile the laughter is just contagious. Laughing yoga gives you the same physiological and psychological benefits when you laugh at a funny joke or movie.
Laughter also releases those feel good chemicals, endorphines. Endorphines are natural pain killers in our bodies and they also contribute to the sense of well being.
Laughter also has great anti aging benefits. A really good laugh actually releases growth hormones in the body which may help slow down the aging process.
So laugh more!