Laughter is Medicine

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Laughter is by definition healthy,” said Doris Lessing, a British author born in Persia.

I came across an old article on the medicinal benefits of laughter. ” Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a recent study. ” I am quoting the University of Maryland School of Medicine site in here and it continues: ” It improves circulation. When you laugh heartily, every organ is being massaged including your heart, lungs and digestive system. Headaches can just go away. When you laugh the endorphins released make you feel this elation. It makes those big decisions seem so much less important.”

The article I have is entitled: “Go On, Laugh Your Heart Out” by Nicholas Bakalar which was published in The New York Times on March 8, 2005. I found it so interesting that I printed it out and had it tucked away safely for a further reference. So twas good forward planning as I was going through my stuff today, I found it there and want to share it on my blog with the others. I am going to use some other sources as well to get a fuller picture on the topic. BBC Radio 4 has a very interesting show called the “Woman’s Hour” and there was a couple of years ago a programme on laughter, too.

I am quoting the NYTimes article as follows:

“Laughter may be good for your heart. A new study demonstrates that laughing causes the tissues that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to expand and thereby increase blood flow – exactly what aerobic exercise does.”

That sounds amazing! Then I found this site on the net: University of Maryland School of Medicine on which the above mentioned article of the NYTimes is based upon. The Maryland site has this interesting survey for one to fill in to find out how one is doing as regards to the humour, laughter & health. Here is just a nugget of the study:

The endothelium has a powerful effect on blood vessel tone and regulates blood flow, adjusts coagulation and blood thickening, and secretes chemicals and other substances in response to wounds, infections or irritation. It also plays an important role in the development of cardiovascular disease.”

One thing that I do find such a laugh is that these days people would need to be taught how to laugh through the Laughter Therapy! Absolutely mind-boggling to me, so it is. Why? Well, I tell you – I have never forgotten ‘how to’ have a belly-aching laughter at least once a day for the and because of the goings-on of ma life! I for sure, do not have to watch comedy on the Box for entertainment as I have it right where I am. The heartest laughs are reserved for me own blond-moments, actually.

DO NOT FORGET to laugh Me Dearest Fellow Bloggers! Riihele xx