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Why is Laughter Therapy a Stress Reliever
Jun 10, 2016
Why is Laughter Therapy a Stress Reliever

What is laughter therapy and Its benefits to body

 Are you feeling run down and do you wish to put that spring back in your step? Brace up and elongate your jaw bone and shout aloud to the rhythm of ha-ha-ha.

Your system doesn’t know whether you really laugh or pretend to laugh, it benefits you whatsoever you do, so just LAUGH. Yeah! I’m speaking of laughter which is sure an antidote and a zany brand therapy which unleashes stress-busting endorphins blow off your steam and mollify your body and soul.

A simple exercise: Laugh out loud and go give a glance at your mirror. And there you really look like a million buck. Isn’t it true? Do share your experience.

By the way, what is laughing therapy?

It’s not a big deal to define, laughing itself is a therapy. But what medical practitioners define is right here: Laughing therapy is the natural way of promoting one’s wellness and health by using humor as a medicine.

In other words, laughter therapy is a natural physiological process aimed at combating physical and mental stress thereby bolstering your immune system.

How did this evolve?

Really interested in knowing the history? Okay, let me tell you the hidden truth, even before someone could find this therapy, our ancestors who kept giggling ludicrously enjoyed the benefits even without knowing it’s a therapy.

The original history traces back to the 13th century where surgeons used laughter as a technique to distract patients from pain and suffering. Thereafter, in the 20th century, Norman cousins in his book “Anatomy of an Illness” revealed that the combined regimen of laughter and vitamins cured him of a prolonged pain he had due to a serious illness.

Inspired by Norman Cousin’s book, a medical doctor from India published an article “Laughter-The Best ” after which laughter therapy gained its prominence around the world.

Now I find busy people asking me “Why should I laugh?”

• Laughter helps in lowering the level of stress hormones in the blood.

• According to a research published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, elderly optimistic people who laugh are found to live longer than those who fail to laugh.

• Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing T cells in the body whereby  improving the immune system

• Relieves pain and reduces depression

• Helps in relating with people: “  A good laugh heals a lot of hurts” — Madeleine L’Engle

• A good laugh is a great exercise to your diaphragm, it contracts the abs, and works out the shoulders leaving muscles relaxed even after the exercise is done.

• Laughter is an aid to empty your lungs and improves breathing process

• Lowers blood pressure and reduces the likeliness of heart disease

The next big question, what do they do in laughter therapy?

Obviously, laugh. Not joking, seriously you are induced to laugh. That’s it. There is laughing yoga and in it the following four steps are followed:

1. Clapping in rhythm to ‘ho-ho-ha-ha-ha’.

2. Breathing and stretching.

3. Child-like play.

4. Laughter exercises.

Here laughing is performed in groups following the instructions of the trainer. Interesting right? Then do find classes immediately and join. It’s really going to be fun.

And finally, what can you do to laugh

First, the serious suggestion is to keep your life on the lighter side. Don’t try to paste band-aid on a bullet wound. At loose ends, do laugh. Don’t give a damn about people calling you a wacko. Right down are few other steps for you

• Laugh thinking about your past embarrassing moments

• Instead of bemoaning attempt to laugh at situations

• Be surrounded by kith and kin who really make you feel light and bring in a burst of laughter on your face

• Spend time to watch your favourite comics

• Best is to spend time with children. The crazy stuff they do will sure make you chuckle

Bottom Line

Okay! Cool your jets with a smile now. Forget your worries and laugh for life is precarious and as the poetry “A Psalm of Life” says:

“Trust no future, however pleasant!

Let the dead Past bury its dead!

Act-act in the living Present!

Heart within, and God o’erhead!”

Live your life with laughter!!!


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