September 28, 2006

Laughter As A Therapeutic Tool

Is laughter as healthy as some people claim? In an article at How Stuff Works they say this:
"Laughter is a great thing -- that's why we've all heard the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine." There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease. In this article, we'll look at laughter -- what it is, what happens in our brains when we laugh, what makes us laugh and how it can make us healthier and happier. You'll also learn that there's a tremendous amount that no one understands yet."

And at Laughter Therapy they say this:
"Laughter is the best medicine... unless you're asthmatic - then it's 'Ventolin'."

An old joke I know, and as an asthmatic, I have to say it's got a ring of truth to it...

If only there was such a thing as a 'Laughter Inhaler' - comic relief at the touch of a button!"

I don't need to understand how it works, I happen to believe in laughter and humor as part of a healthy life. The physical act of smiling generates the brain chemistry of positive feelings even if you don't feel happy. When someone says or does something that makes me laugh from deep down, and laugh out loud, it is definitely healthy.

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