LAUGH - IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH! The field of gelotology is exploring
the benefits of laughter. It was brought to the public’s awareness in Norman Cousins’ memoir Anatomy of an Illness.
Cousins found that comedies helped him feel better and get some pain-free sleep. That’s because laughter helps the pituitary
gland release its own pain-suppressing opiates. What can laughter do?
vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
· Gives a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
· Reduces certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
· Increases the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
· Defends against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by
immunoglobulin in saliva.
memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test
· Improves alertness, creativity, and memoryHumor and creativity work
in similar ways, says humor guru William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University–by creating relationships between two disconnected
items, you engage the whole brain. Humor works quickly. Less than a half-second after exposure to something funny, and electrical wave moves through
the higher brain functions of the cerebral cortex. The left hemisphere analyzes the words and structures of the joke; the
right hemisphere “gets” the joke; the visual sensory area of the occipital lobe creates images; the limbic (emotional)
system makes you happier; and the motor sections make you smile or laugh. So let’s laugh. What makes you laugh?
Smile . . . .
Smiles improve your appearance. Think about how you feel about a person frowning
and a person smiling – who’s the most pleasing?
Smiles say more than
words can. A smile can restore your balance. It lets others know you are comfortable with them, and
that you willingly agree to make amends where needed.
create trust and rapport. A smile is a way of establishing mutual feelings of being on the same page,
whether one-to-one or in a group. It says "I'm OK, you're OK, and we're all going to enjoy one another's company."
Smiles make you feel good. Even if you're
feeling a little blue, insert happy thoughts into your mind and just add that smile. It will trick your mind into feeling
better, as endorphins are released to reduce physical or emotional stress. Have a beautiful life!