Laughter Really Is The Bet Medicine!
Did you know that according to research, children laugh about
400 times a day while adults only laugh about 15 times a day?
Some how, as we got older we lost the ability to laugh. Could it
be that putting more humour and laughter into our day will
improve our health and wellbeing?
In an article written by Drs. Gael Crystal and Patrick Flanagan
they stated that; "Scientists have found that laughter is a form
of internal jogging that exercises the body and stimulates the
release of beneficial brain neurotransmitters and hormones.
Positive outlook and laughter is actually good for our health!
More than ever, scientific evidence suggests that laughter
really is one of the best medicines."
According to a study done by Dr. Tan from California's Loma
Linda University Medical Centre, laughter can have a huge impact
on our immune system. The university conducted a study of
average adults. One group of adults was subject to an hour of
laughter through watching videos of comedians and another group
sat quietly out of earshot of the first group.
What did they find? Through regular blood tests carried out
during the comedy shows they found that the laughter group had
an increase in good hormones and a decrease in the body's stress
hormone. Dr. Tan concluded that; "Laughter brings a balance to
all the components of the immune system." Some clinics are now
using this information with their patients. They are using
laughter therapy to replace anti-depressants and to reduce the
use of painkillers. According to researchers faking laughter
will also produce the same health and wellbeing results as real
Do you need to improve your ability to laugh more? Well here
are some tips from Family Scientist, Herbert G. Lingren to help
all of you, who are humour impaired, to add laughter and humour
to your everyday life. 1. Hang around funny friends, or better
yet, marry a funny partner. 2. Start looking for the absurd,
silly, incongruous activities that go on around you each day. 3.
Take a 5-10 minute humour break each day. Read jokes, add to a
humour notebook, and listen to a funny tape. 4. Rent a comedy
video, go to a funny movie, and watch humorous programs on
television. 5. If you hear a joke you really like, write it
down, or tell it to someone else to help you remember it.
My final tip would be to spend more time having fun with
children maybe you will catch a few hundred laughs off them!
Better still join a laughter club or start your own.