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8/13 The Benefits of Laughter for Total Wholeness

The ‘Anatomy of Illness’ a book written by Norman Cousins, is based on the true story of how this man treated his own painful illness. Cousins had a theory that there was more to the old saying, Laughter is the best medicine’, than many people realize. 

In modern times society has come to understand that stress has a negative impact on both physical and mental health. What is not as commonly understood is that laughter has many positive health benefits, which can counteract the negative effects of the stress response.

Laughter increases the functioning of the immune system, helping the body to fight off illness and disease. Studies have demonstrated that laughter causes the increased production of catecholamines and endorphins. These chemicals, when released by the brain into the blood stream during laughter, increase feelings of happiness and well-being.

Laughter also decreases the secretion of cortisol as well as the sedimentation rate, and therefore is beneficial in stimulating the body’s immune system.

During laughter, the flow of Oxygen in the blood increases. Arteries relax, heart rate and blood temperature are lowered, circulation increases and the skin temperature rises. All of these physical responses have a beneficial effect on both cardiovascular and respiratory health.

Laughter has the potential to help speed healing, and increase overall health and well-being, when it’s benefits are fully realized as a part of a stress management plan.

While the average human being laughs approximately 8 to 10 times daily, a stress management plan which includes laughter as a part of the daily program would include rigorous “laughing” as an exercise to be performed several times throughout the day.

Full belly laughter, which is an involuntary response of the human brain, can be triggered by watching comedies, listening to comedians, telling jokes or just allowing oneself to participate in fun and silly activities.

So what is the funniest joke you know?  Tell at least one person that joke and enjoy the laughter.  Give yourself permission to laugh and find funny things in life!

Some more interesting research on laughter:

LaughingTherapy by Rachel M. . They are opposite from bouncer at night clubs. Then he was making all the macho poses. It made me laugh a lot. My laugh encouraged him further. He kept coming up with funny comments and ideas.  Then he mentioned that laughing is good for my health.

Laugh Your Way To A Healthier You! by Heidi .. to fade and things just don’t seem as bad as they did before your mood was lifted with laughter. I love to laugh. I… that there is even an emerging therapeutic field called laughtherapy? Laugh, Laugh and the Laugh some more!

Mental Health Humor Project: Laugh Out Loud – Finding The Funny Bone VIDEO by chatobstewart .. .” This is a LaughTherapy exercise from the Mental Health Humor Project “Finding The Funny Bone” presentation done by Chato B… Therapy, laughtertherapy, Laughter, Therapeutic Benefits Chato B. Stewart Mental Health Advocate – Cartoonist ……

Remember To Laugh! by Gabriella Kortsch Ph.D. be ameliorated by laughter. Laughtherapy has begun to become quite prevalent the world over…private practices… a comedy, or laugh as in seeing a funny video of your relatives at a party, but laugh as in find the laughter inside ……

Celebrate World Laughter Day and Change the Worldby Roger C. about.Laughter can also provide many medical benefits. Laughtherapy is becoming more widely accepted as a way to help those… the following video. Laughingis contagious!Check out http://www .laughteryo ga.org/world- laughter-day.php and http

Laugh to Your Healthby Robert Davis of 20 diabetic patients, half of whom were exposed to humor as part of their treatment, those in the laughter group… blood flow, reduce levels of stress hormones, and enhance immune function. By itself, laughtertherapy won’t cure someone but it sure helps along the way!

Laughing….and Healingby Dr. Bruce F. in the American Physiological Society examined the effects of laughter (mirthful laughter) on biological markers of diabetes… the individuals into 2 groups. Both groups were given the traditional medical treatments for diabetes but one group was given

Laughing Is Good for You Make th…by passion4living and drinking her juice while she and her husband laughed over a story they would enjoy for a long time. Adding laughterLaughing Is Good for You Make the most of humor’s healing power By Richard R. Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E. Publish

Laughing Is Good for You …by passion4living and drinking her juice while she and her husband laughed over a story they would enjoy for a long time. Adding laughterLaughing Is Good for You Make the most of humor’s healing power By Richard R. Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E. Publish

Laughter Therapy: The Lighter Side of Loss – The Body
I call myself a Jollytologist. I go around the country presenting speeches and seminars on humor. This unusual career began shortly after my wife died as .

Breast Cancer – Laughter—The Best Medicine?
Nov 30, 2008 Meanwhile, World Laughter Tour, run by psychologist Steve Wilson, hospitals around the country to lead “laughter therapy” sessions.

The Body: HIV Leadership Awards — Awilda Gonzalez-Vega, M.S.W.
I facilitate a laughing therapy session for my team, anything that can help us relieve stress. I facilitate prevention and education groups in-house.

Chronic Pain – Myofascial Release Therapy
(The only therapist I could find at the time didn’t want to treat me!) The Rolfing is definitely out. go gently~ beyond the rainbow, Laughing

Wit & Humor & HIV/AIDS – The Body
Laughter Therapy: The Lighter Side of Loss (February 1997) In Body Positive, from Body Positive · Big City AIDS Activist Goes to Beaumont, Texas (1997)

Multiple Sclerosis – Laughing or crying for no reason? It may be …
If you find that you are crying or laughing in situations inappropriate for such “Review of Pseudobulbar Affect Including a Novel and Potential Therapy

Laughing Stock: How Improvisational Theatre Helps People With HIV …
Clinical Management Home · Antiretroviral Therapy · Complications of HIV/ Ann Feehan, Laughing Stock’s coordinator, says that improve can help people

Chronic Pain – Alternative Therapy & – Who’s Running the Show??
Jan 17, 2008 of success – he does so with a genuine straight face not laughing at me at all, Yesterday was my first Vitamin Infusion therapy.

We hope you enjoy and laugh your way through some of these sources.  Remember to laugh MORE!

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Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.totalwholeness.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

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