The Magic of laughter

The magic of laughter to our our health and well-being is becoming increasingly more recognized by the medical profession, health care providers, as well as the population at large.

Nothing is more magic than your smile and your laughter. They are your personal signature and are totally unique to you.

Babies start laughing when they are 10 -12 weeks old. When they laugh their whole body jumps and bounces. Everything in their small bodies is engaged in a laughter that is innocent, pure and totally without inhibition.

Children at the age of 5 laugh on the average 400 times a day. Unfortunately that greatly diminishes as we get older. Mature adults laugh on the average 4- 6 times a day.

If people only realized how good laughter is for them. It is a very powerful force that effects the whole body. Breath released during a hearty laugh has been measured as fast as 170 miles per hour.

The physical benefits of laughter are phenomenal. It stimulates the brain, the nervous system, the respiratory system, the hormonal system, and the body's muscles.

In addition, it lowers blood pressure, lightens depression, strengthens the immune system and reduces stress.

For us to stay healthy, we need to release built-up tensions. Many people release their tensions by doing exercise, Yoga, Tai Chi, or meditation. There is however a simpler way, and that is laughter.

When we laugh, even chuckle, the entire body works toward improving your health and well-being.

Laughter is also a pain reliever, as it triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers, which provide a temporary distraction from the pain.

Medical professionals have recognized the powers of laughter and are starting to use humor and laughter in the treatment of patients.

Laughing is totally natural. It's organic; naturally sweet, 100% wholesome; has no chemicals; no preservatives; no artificial additives; you don't require batteries; it's low in energy consumption and high in body energy gain; it's non-fattening; it's non-polluting; free of cholesterol, trans-fat and saturated fat; you don't have to join an expensive health club, wear ridiculous spandex outfits; you can practice it 24 hours a day; and there is absolutely no cost.

So how do we capture and make this magic work for us?

  • Create the magic with funny movies, CD's, videos and audios, and fun reading material
  • Relive some of the most embarrassing moments in your life. Share these moments with family and friends.
  • See the humor - find the laughter, even in the annoying and frustrating things that happen to you
  • Read the comics. Look for humor and uplifting stories in newspapers and TV
  • Go through photo albums and relive some of the fun. Add fun cations to the pictures to enhance the fun moments of the past.
  • At business meetings and with family, share some of the fun things that happened to you during the course of the day.
  • Establish a 'Humor Buddy' relationship with someone who you can share some fun with, and who can give you a 'fun boost' when you need it.

And remember, nothing is that bad, or so serious that laughter won't help you through the situation,

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