Have you ever tried laugh therapy to relieve stress. Do you have a sense of humor? Can you laugh at yourself when you make mistakes? Can you fake laughing until you can't stop yourself from laughing? Can you be lighthearted when things don't turn out the way you hoped? Can you focus on your joys instead of your problems? Do you try to find the good, the funny, the whimsical in the world as you go about your daily business? Can you be like the Optimists International group and try "to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true?"
Laugh therapy is a whole field, in terms of helping people achieve and maintain total wellness. There are many people in the world, filled with rage and sadness and they are making themselves sick. Don't be one of them. Make sure you laugh every single day. You can even go one step further and join the laughter yoga movement. Just Google it. Humor and health go hand in hand.
Laugh therapy is better than drugs. No kidding!
Research results indicate that, after exposure to humor, there is a general increase in activity within the immune system, including:
It's true, laughter really is the best medicine, so make sure you start using laugh therapy today to help manage all your stress.
The results of the study also supported research indicating a general decrease in stress hormones that constrict blood vessels and suppress immune activity. These were shown to decrease in the study group exposed to humor.
For example, levels of epinephrine were lower in the group both in anticipation of humor and after exposure to humor. Epinephrine levels remained down throughout the experiment.
In addition, dopamine levels (as measured by dopac) were also decreased. Dopamine is involved in the "fight or flight response" and is associated with elevated blood pressure.
Laughing is aerobic, providing a workout for the diaphragm and increasing the body's ability to use oxygen.
Laughter brings in positive emotions that can enhance – not replace -- conventional treatments. Hence it is another tool available to help fight the disease.
Experts believe that, when used as an adjunct to conventional care, laughter can reduce pain and aid the healing process. For one thing, laughter offers a powerful distraction from pain.
In a study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing, patients were told one-liners after surgery and before painful medication was administered. Those exposed to humor perceived less pain when compared to patients who didn't get a dose of humor as part of their therapy.
Perhaps, the biggest benefit of laugh therapy is that it is free and has no known negative side effects.