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A Serious Look at Laughter * (And Love)

Thursday, May 14, 2009




Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Laughter is wonderful medicine for the soul. " I read that somewhere.

So true. What would we do if the human body were not capable of laughter? What a sorry state we'd be in. When we are really down, really worried, if someone can make us laugh, our mood is lifted tremendously.

I've developed a habit over the past years, of giving thanks every day, usually before I even get out of bed, for all the wonderful things in life. I began with being thankful for my wonderful bed, for my amazing body (if you don't think your body is amazing - get a really good anatomy book and read how the human body works!) - and the list goes on and on.

Eventually, I began to be consciously thankful for the abstract things in life, like love and laughter. Isn't it wonderful that an emotion like love even exists for us to experience? I can dwell on that for a long time and be amazed and awed by it. Where would we be without laughter and love? Aren't you so happy they exist?

Unlike anything else in human behavior, laughter is produced by the active participation of almost the entire body. This could possibly be a reason why it is attributed with so many effects on the health of the body.

“We are more likely to laugh out loud when in a group than when alone.”
Obviously this person never sat in an empty house in front of a computer logged in to Spark Pages!

“The act of laughing reduces the production of certain hormones associated with stress which disrupt the balance of the immune system. When one laughs, the body produces more gamma-interferon t-cells, or disease fighting cells.”

Here’s the part I like best -

“Don't like to go to the gym? Just laugh the pounds away. Because of the natural shaking and gestures we make when we laugh, it can be an aerobic workout that lowers blood pressure and increases oxygen intake.” (I read that somewhere, too, and copied & saved it. )

I want to thank all of you here on Spark Pages for sharing love and laughter here. What a great tool for healthy living!!

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MAYBELL75 5/14/2009 5:04PM

    What a great blog, if only we all could have laughter in our daily lives, what a better world this would be.

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