Monday, May 25, 2009

Mirth Mends - Laughter, the Best Medicine

Tough Times Call for ... silliness?

Take a look at this video, which came out during World War II, and recall, if you will some of the other silly songs from that time period, "I With I Were a Widdle Thugar Bun," for instance.

Take a look at this article, Mirth Mends which illuminates all the benefits of laughter, according to the two Bangkok-based psychotherapists who organized weekly laughter-therapy sessions, because they know of the medical benefits.

The sounds of laughter, they say, "come straight from the soul."


The act of laughing triggers the release of endorphins, a chemical in the brain that functions as a natural painkiller.

In large amounts, endorphins can create a general sense of well-being.

When we laugh, we must breath more deeply. The extra oxygen we take in purifies our lungs and saturates the bloodstream, eventually re-energising our whole body.

Frequent laughing can strengthen the body's respiratory and pulmonary systems which, in turn, enhances our blood circulation and cardio-vascular system.

Laughing also reinvigorates the body's digestive and gastro-intestinal systems. When you laugh, the intestinal muscles, which may have become stiff, move more vigorously, so the digestive system works better.

Other benefits include better functioning of the dermatological (skin), reproductive and endocrine (hormone) systems, she added.

Laughter is also a great psychological tool.

"A human being is like a car," Dr Jitra says. "After being used for a while, the car runs out of fuel and the tank needs to be refilled. A human being is just like that. After going through some bad moments during the day, we, too, need to be refreshed."

She adds, "In a way I think laughter therapy is a form of spiritual healing. For many people, it's a light at the end of the tunnel."


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