Laughter is the Best Medicine  

lonelyinny5 44M/42F
131 posts
5/13/2006 9:08 am
Laughter is the Best Medicine

Medical studies indicate that laughter boosts levels of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and suppresses levels of epinephrine, the stress hormone.

"A clown is like an aspirin, only he works twice as fast." -Groucho Marx

Studies have shown the following physiological effects of laughter in the immune system alone: increase in the number and activity of T cells and natural killer cells, which attack viruses, foreign cells and cancer cells; increase in gamma interferon, a blood chemical that transmits messages in the nervous system and stimulates the immune system; a rise in immunoglobulin A, an antibody that fights upper respiratory tract infections (stress, particularly depression, has been shown to lower Ig A levels); and more immunoglobulins G and M, which help fight other infections.

Mirthful laughter has also been shown to exercise the cardiovascular system by raising and lowering the heart rate and blood pressure; improve coordination of brain functions, thereby enhancing alertness and memory; lift depression; reduce stress; bring pain relief; aid ventilation and clear mucus in the respiratory system; increase blood oxygen by bringing in fresh air; and strengthen internal muscles by tightening and releasing them.

One doctour says that 20 seconds of guffawing gives the heart the same workout as three minutes of hard rowing.

So, I say....20 mins of laughter a day can help keep the doctour away!

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tracy_de_lacy 106F
9268 posts
5/15/2006 2:11 am

thanks for the post linny, atleast I am doing something right. I don't know if I am a happy person or a crazy one, but there is never a day goes by that I don't laugh. Even if it is just with my cat or my t.v. or comedy film collection.

I love a good laugh and I know that most of the people who have met me from this site would agree. I am such a numpty.

Bye everyone, it was a blast

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