Research has shown that human aging has a mind body connection that we enjoy with the benefits of laughter. Humor, priceless humor, and our response to it can have many unexpected health benefits.
Who would ever think that laughing can be so beneficial? Here are some reported health benefits of laughter and a good sense of priceless humor:
Stress reduction - research studies have shown that the ability to see humor, even in difficult situations, causes the reduction of stress reducing hormones in our bodies.
Elevates our mood - Laughing increases the release of endorphins in our bodies. This increases our sense of well being and improves our mood.
Boost immune system - studies show that laughter can raise the level of hormones that produce infection-fighting antibodies in the body and boost the effectiveness of immune cells.
Enhance brain functioning - as you experience a bout of laughter, the increase in your circulation also effects the amount of blood to your brain. Laughing stimulates both sides of the brain, so it also increases our ability to focus and retain information: the result is improved mental clarity and attentiveness.
Reduce risk or even prevent heart disease - a research study has been released that laughing has been found to be linked to a healthy heart. The study found that people with a priceless sense of humor, found humor even in everyday situations that may cause others stress. The study found that 40% of individuals with heart disease were less likely to life at life's situations.
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Like a mild workout- A good hearty laugh causes your pulse and respiration rate to increase, your blood pressure to go up and many of your muscles to stretch. This increases the blood supply to the body and increasing the amount of oxygen to the body's tissues.
Promotes relaxation- After your body stretches the muscles and the blood flow increases to the muscles of the body, you feel a sense of relaxation. In fact, muscle physiologists have found that this relaxed response can last as long as forty five minutes.
Encourages social interactions- an individual that has a sense of humor and laughs is an individual others want to be around. Laughing is contagious. It is a powerful reaction that can deescalate a difficult situation, can dissipate anger and bring families together.It is the stuff good memories are made of. Laughing with others makes everyone feel good and experience an elevated mood. This can create decrease the stress of all involved and enhance the social interaction as well.
Promotes an increased pain threshold- when we laugh the increase of production of endorphins also acts as a pain reliever. Studies show that individuals suffering pain experience pain relief after watching comedy.
Maintains blood sugar levels- it has been discovered that individuals diagnosed with type II diabetes experience smaller spikes in their blood levels after eating when they enjoy and experience laughter after their meal. Scientists feel that the increase in use of the abdominal muscles and utilizing more energy may attribute to a more stable blood sugar level.
"Laughter is definitely a healing experience, and we're not talking metaphorically, we're speaking absolutely literally. Laughter is one of the best medicines you can have." Quote by Deepak Chopra.
There is an increasing interest in the benefits of laughter and a growing industry of programs that encourage laughing. There is laughter yoga that mixes yoga deep breathing with laughing exercises and child like playfulness.
There are even Laughter clubs growing all over the world. The purpose of the club is to help individuals to have a more positive attitude towards life.
Laughter therapy promotes laughing as a coping skill for survival. There is even a weight loss program that promotes laugh yourself skinny!
There is still much more research to be done on the health benefits of laughter. There is definitely a mind body connection with the benefits of laughter affecting human aging.
Priceless humor and enjoying a day with some laughter is better than a day without any laughter at all.
Diane Carbo RN Please visit /http://www.aginghomehealthcare.com sign up for Aging Home Health Care Ezine her free newsletter and receive a complimentary copy of the Home Health Care Planning Guide.