I laughed long and so incredibly hard, when I saw this video, earlier this year. The pumping of my stomach reminded me of, Sodardashan Chakra Kriya, the most powerful breathing exercise. I realized that laughing increases oxygen within the body and decided to research the other health benefits.
How Laughter Heals
1. Convulsions, produced by laughter, benefits the nervous system by releasing muscular tension.
2. Laughter induced organ stimulation promotes the increased release of endorphins from the brain.
3. Laughing provides temporary relief from anxiety and depression.
4. Positive thinking, like laughing, causes the brain to release stress-fighting neuropeptides and reduces stress hormones like adrenaline and norepinephrine.
5. “Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.” –Mayo Clinic
6. Your saliva produces immunoglobulins which defend against respiratory infections, when you laugh.
7. Laughing increases vascular blood-flow; thereby, improving circulation.
8. Laughing is good for the heart.
9. A study at Johns Hopkins University revealed that humor during instruction led to increased test scores.
10. Laughter improves optimism and positive emotions.
11. If you learn to laugh at yourself, you improve your self-confidence and outlook.
12. A study at North Carolina University revealed: increased positive mental state, open-mindedness, creativity and capacity to adapt to change.
To supplement traditional laugh resources, try laughter yoga. It is the practice of people making eye-contact with others in groups to induce laughter. Indian physician, Madran Kataria, popularized this exercise in the early 90’s, started a Laughter Club and wrote a book, “Laugh For No Reason.” The theory is that voluntary laughter provides the same physical and mental benefits as spontaneous laughter. For more information, visit Laughter Yoga International: http://www.laughteryoga.org/english
You may have already seen this video that went viral in May. Just in case, I am sharing it with you, in hopes that it will leave you feeling healthier.
WHAT MADE FREUD LAUGH, Judith Kay Nelson
THE EIGHT BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER