Laughter is the best medicine
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! You have most likely heard the expression, laughter is the best medicine. How could something as natural, universal, easy and inexpensive be a powerful healing force? The energy of laughter is positive. It helps to break down barriers and to put a situation in a lighter perspective. Laughter can shift the energy in a person or room in seconds. Mark Twain stated “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
The research on laughter shows that it helps boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and heart rate, relax skeletal muscle, improve blood sugar levels, decrease stress levels and foster relationships. It is a natural pain reliever that works on mind, body and emotions simultaneously and has lasting effects. Shared laughter together was one of the top reasons couples married 45 years or longer gave for the success of their marriage. Laughter is associated with happiness. In December 2008 the DNA Daily News and Analysis reported that a person’s closeness to happy people could make them happy for 3 degrees of separation. One person could benefit from the happiness of their friends’ friends.
When we laugh deep, hearty and from the diaphragm we use our lungs more effectively, removing the stale air and improving our oxygen exchange. The increased oxygen level leads to greater energy. If you are feeling tired have a good belly laugh! If you don’t feel like laughing or you are in a place where it is socially unacceptable to laugh out loud try smiling. Research has shown that the expression of a smile can impact emotion in a positive way.
Laughter happens 30 times more frequently in a social situation in response to humor. Something humorous such as a joke gets our attention and tickles our funny bone. Many times laughter is tied to a condition outside of ourselves. We see or hear something which we perceive as comical and we laugh. It is possible to laugh unconditionally by simulating laughter. Science shows that fake laughter has the same positive benefits as genuine laughter. A technique founded by Dr. Madan Kataria called Laughter Yoga is an international phenomenon that uses laughter exercises to stimulate fake laughter which often turns to genuine laughter.
Laugh for the health of it. Read a funny book, watch a comedy, hang around with your joking friend, and practice laughter yoga by joining a laughter club or by watching a YouTube segment. Or just fake laugh, it will bring you into the present moment. Dr. Kataria says “While laughing you cannot think of anything else. Either you think or you laugh, but not both.” Ho, ho, ha, ha, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee!
Juniper Wyndfyre is a certified laughter yoga leader and teacher who enjoys helping others dissolve their problems with laughter. She has been certifying laughter yoga leaders around the country for the past 6 years. Juniper also specializes in soul retrieval, energy healing, spiritual life coaching and intuitive readings. Find her at website- www.juniperhealingarts.net, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 505-862-9343 or on www.keen.com.