-The study of human Funatomy-
Laughter isn't just funny business. There's a lot of serious research that goes into it....
-The Healing Powers of laughter-
1. Laughter Stops Fear.
Laughing offers an extremely effective and fun way of combating fear. When we are made to laugh in the face of what scares us most, it distances us from our fear. Whatever we are afraid of; be it public speaking, revisiting a traumatic childhood memory, a medical scare – when we laugh, our fear loosens its grip over us.
In addition, laughter makes us view the world and events from a different, much lighter perspective. It doesn’t matter what fear we are facing, when we use humour we can begin to look at our fears from a much happier, carefree place; the fear that we face suddenly looks a lot sillier and our attitude towards it shifts.
2. Laughter Relaxes Us.
Much like exercise, laughter provides a relaxing effect. The greater our bout of laughter, the more endorphins and blood we get pumping around the body. This is great for elevating stress and relaxing our bodies. So, next time you realize that you are feeling tense and stressed out, treat yourself to some deep, body-wracking, explosive laughter! Your body will thank you for it.
3. Laughter Is Comforting.
Laughter is known to have the same cathartic effect as a reassuring hug; a warm chuckle or playful joke lets you know that everything is going to be ok, no matter the circumstances.
When we laugh, we are usually making light of something. In the darkest of times, laughter can let people feel as though everything isn’t as bad as it initially seemed. Hospitals recognize this benefit of laughter, which is why you will often find comedians or circus workers offering to work shifts in the wards of hospitals.
So, whether you are going through troubling times or you know someone that is, bring out the joke books, comedy films, or funny stories – they will prove to be the most amazing source of comfort when you need it.
4. Laughter Boosts The Immune System.
There is no more enjoyable way of protecting your health than to laughter. Medical research has shown that laughter, or even the anticipation of laughter (for example, if you knew that you were about to watch a funny film) increases the immune system’s ability to fight off viruses and foreign cells.
The belief that laughter can help to speed up the healing process is supported by the teachings of the Law of Attraction, when we are laughing we are emitting a more powerful positive frequency – aligning ourselves with how we want to feel.
So, next time you are in bed feeling poorly, try laughing your way back to good health! Stick on some of your funniest films, let your loved ones tell you their worst jokes, and you should be out of bed in no time at all.
5. Laughter Eases Pain.
The feel-good chemicals and hormones that are released around our bodies when we laugh, as well as the positive mind frame that we create for ourselves, can do wonders for easing symptoms of pain.
Laughter has been recognized by science to help reduce pain, and is now used in hospitals to encourage a quicker recovery from an array of illnesses. If you know somebody currently living in pain of any kind, try injecting some much-needed laughter into their life.
6. Laughter Combats Stress.
Laughter is a great stress-buster. Whether we are laughing with friends, on our own, or are watching a funny show or film; laughter can provide a welcome cure to chronic stress.
Next time you are feeling the stresses of your everyday life, take some time out to do something that makes you laugh. Learn to laugh heartily at yourself and the world, and your reasons for being stressed will immediately begin to look trivial and unimportant.
7. Laughter Is Contagious.
The single greatest thing about laughter is that it spreads happiness! From when we are very young, we often find that when the people around us begin to laugh (sometimes for absolutely no reason), we too are doubled over in fits of hysteria. Laughter is one of the most beautiful and fun ways of bringing people together; whether we want it to or not, it connects us with the people around us and allows us to all share in a feel-good moment – building and nurturing relationships, as well as leaving us feeling connected and uplifted.
Decide that from today onwards you will laugh more. Laugh at the little things, laugh off the seemingly big things, share in others' laughter and let it spread like wildfire. Remember, a sense of humor is for free, and with it you can help to heal and change your life and the life of others.
-The science behind laughter-
- Laughter reduces stress hormones and boosts your infection fighting antibodies.
- Vigorous laughter increases the heart rate, deepens the breathing rate, and uses muscles in the face, stomach, and diaphragm. This also increases the oxygen in our tissues.
- Laughter can reduce stress, help fight infection, and reduce pain.
- Researchers found that after watching an hour-long video of slapstick comedy the "natural killer cells," which seek out and destroy malignant cells, more actively attacked tumor cells in test tubes. These effects lasted up to 12 hours.
- Laughter research pioneer William Fry, claimed it took 10 minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the same level as one minute of hearty laughter.
- A study of 19 people with diabetes looked at the effects of laughter on blood sugar levels. After eating, the group attended a tedious lecture. The next day, the group ate the same meal then watched a comedy. After the comedy, the group had lower blood sugar levels than they did after the lecture.
- Generally, laughter is a painkiller, and reduces the stress and anxiety of physical ailments
- Laughter is a form of communication that is universally recognized, which suggests it has deep importance to humankind.
- Laughter really is contagious.
- Couples who use laughter when discussing a touchy subject report higher levels of satisfaction in their relationship, and also tend to stay together longer.
- Laughter releases anger, fear, guilt, anxiety and tension.
- Laughter encourages concentration on "right" attitudes rather than "wrong" attitudes.
- Humor is also a way to increase retention of information in academic or professional settings because of the higher number of mental connections between the information and emotional responses (laughter).
- Laughing particularly hard for long periods of time, can cause abdominal muscles to become sore and might ache for a short period of time. This effect is actually a beneficial form of exercise.
- Fifteen minutes of solid full-body laughing you do, you can burn up to 40 calories
- Studies have reported that laughing for at least fifteen minutes can add around 2 days to your overall lifespan
- Laughing shortly after you wake up can have similar effects to drinking a cup of coffee
- Gelotology is the science of laughing and its effects on the body.
“If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane.” ― Robert Frost
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
“I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.” ― Maya Angelou
“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” ― Mark Twain
“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” ― Erma Bombeck
“Laughter is poison to fear.” ― George R.R. Martin
“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” ― George Gordon Byron
“I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.” ― Billy Joel
“Laughter is carbonated holiness.” ― Anne Lamott
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” ― Victor Borge
“My body needs laughter as much as it needs tears. Both are cleansers of stress.”
― Mahogany SilverRain
“I know why we laugh. We laugh because it hurts, and it's the only thing to make it stop hurting.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
There is no greater power than that of a laugh and happiness is a force which can save a person from the horrors of the world.” ― Hillary DePiano
“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If cavemen had known how to laugh, history would have been different.” ― Chuck Klosterman