Henry Ward Beecher is documented to have said, “Mirth is God’s medicine. Everyone ought to bathe in it.” It is undeniable that truer words have never been spoken. A good laugh has been known to fix even the most complicated of all situations. Whether it is the end of a depressing day, an ugly fight between a husband and wife or simply a pair of weak lungs, a loud and hearty laugh that comes out of nowhere immediately makes the situation better and leaves you feeling healthier, happier and ready to take on any problem life might throw at you.
Laughter therapy is a blessing when it comes to stress reduction. Due to the sensational effect it has on a person’s mental and physical health, it is no surprise that doctors have also been advising their patients to have a good laugh every day in order to stay healthy. Studies have shown that most of the physical ailments we suffer from are the body’s reaction to internal conflict and mental unrest. Therefore, it is suggested that if we have a cheerful approach towards life and have a good laugh often enough, we will have a happier mind and therefore a healthier body.
Apart from the psychological benefits, regular laughing has actually been known to have lots of positive effects on our body. It has been scientifically proven that regular laughing regulates the digestive system and ensures that the secretion of hormones into the body is stable. These are two things that strengthen one’s immunity and enable them to avoid many diseases. It is safe to say that laughter is the best medicine!
Not only that but a hearty laugh is known to be like a mild workout. This is because when we laugh, muscles in our face and throughout our body are stretched. In addition to that, the pulse goes up and we breathe faster when we laugh sending more oxygen to our tissues enabling them to perform better.
And here comes the really good news, laughing actually burns calories! It has been seen that ten to fifteen minutes of laughing burns about fifty calories. However, this does not mean that you ditch your workout because losing a pound would take about twelve solid hours of continuous laughter and that isn’t something we do on a daily basis.
Thus we see that laughing regularly keeps us healthy and therefore, ready to take life by its reigns. It shows us that a happy demeanor and a cheerful attitude ensure that we are all the more capable of dealing with the small problems that occur every single day. Not only that, but a good laugh can turn any of life’s lemons into lemonade. A large number of people have started to adopt this policy and have joined laughter therapy groups. These laughter therapy groups meet early in the morning and share funny stories or watch funny videos and then have a good laugh together. This results in a flow of positive energy being set up and prepares everyone to meet all the problems of the day head on and deal with them like champions. As a very wise man once said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.”