Laughter is a powerful medicine. It’s been said that laughter is the fireworks of the soul. Studies show that laughter can help you feel better about yourself and the world around you. Laughter can be a natural diversion. When you laugh, no other thought comes to mind. Laughing can also induce physical changes in the body. After laughing for only a few minutes, you may feel better for hours. When used in addition to conventional cancer treatments, laughter therapy may help in the overall healing process.
In one study, people with diabetes had their fasting blood-sugar level tested and then fed a meal. Normally, they would have taken insulin to regulate their blood-sugar level. One group listened to a boring lecture. The other group watched a one hour comedy show. The group that listened to the lecture had their blood-sugar level rise high enough that they would need to take insulin to keep themselves out of the danger zone. The laughter group blood-sugar levels stayed within normal range.
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Laughter as Medicine
The study I explored about how listening to Mozart can reduce allergic reactions reminded me of a similar study on humor. Took a bunch of people with dust mite allergies; half watched Charlie Chaplin; half watched the weather channel. Then, they injected them with dust mite poop, and the allergic response was significantly reduced after viewing the humorous video for a matter of hours, suggesting that the induction of laughter may play some role in alleviating allergic diseases. But, might it suppress our immune system too much?
No. Say we have people watch a comedian for an hour, and their natural killer cell activity goes up, compared to watching nothing. And, their white blood count goes up, the number of immune cells in their bloodstream, the level of immune-boosting interferon goes up and stays up the next day, and the same with antibody production; pumping out more antibodies because yesterday you saw some video. So, humor seems to offer the best of both worlds at preventing the over reactive allergic response while boosting immune protection.
But, you actually have to laugh. The more you laugh, the better your natural killer cell activity gets, but exposure to a humorous video alone did not significantly affect immune function.
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According to some studies, laughter therapy may provide physical benefits,such as helping to:
- Boost the immune system and circulatory system
- Enhance oxygen intake
- Stimulate the heart and lungs
- Relax muscles throughout the body
- Trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)
- Ease digestion/soothes stomach aches
- Relieve pain
- Balance blood pressure
- Improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)
- Improve overall attitude
- Reduce stress/tension
- Promote relaxation
- Improve sleep
- Enhance quality of life
- Strengthen social bonds and relationships
- Produce a general sense of well-being
People often come into the Seattle Hypnosis with Roger Moore office stressed and hurting. With hypnosis help, they leave with more joy and often smiling and laughing. Learn self hypnosis and create fireworks in your soul. Call or email me and find out how you too can create more laughter and joy in your life.
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