Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Belly laugh. Cackle. Chortle. Chuckle. Giggle. He-he. Snort. Snicker. Snigger. Even words that are synonyms of 'laughter' are something that can make a person 'LOL'.

In today's fast paced society it's easy for the stresses of the world, bad news on every news station, more natural disasters, new diseases and everything else this world faces on an on-going basis, to bring us down, causing fear and anxiety. We need to strategically seek ways out to go out of our way and balance the good with the bad. One of the best ways you can combat the craziness in this world is through one simple action: Laughter. It's the best medicine to cure a broken heart, ease a stressful day and bring healing to a hurt body. It has been documented that laughter really is like medicine not only to our soul, but also to our physical bodies. It's been known that the effects of exercise and laughter are very similar. It's like a mini workout to our bodies as our pulse and blood pressure increase with laughing, sending more oxygen to our tissues. It uses various muscles, burns calories, lifts moods, and helps us to feel better overall about situations we may face producing a general sense of well being as it triggers the release of endorphins. Studies even have shown that people who laugh often are less prone to sickness.

Some of the health benefits believed to come from laughter include:

  • Relaxation of muscles
  • Natural pain killer by releasing endorphins
  • Stimulates the hair and lungs
  • Boosts immune system and circulatory system
  • Enhances oxygen
  • Balances blood pressure
  • Improves mental functions
  • Improves mood

Laughter has also been known to prevent heart disease.

So, how can you laugh more? Take time out from your busy schedule to watch some funny YouTube clips, go with friends to watch some Brisbane comedy at the Powerhouse. Go and watch Dizzy’s
comedy hypnosis show. Read a funny book, comic, or short story. Enjoy each day. Take time out to laugh. It will do your body and soul good.