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LAUGHTER-It's GOOD MEDICINE

Updated on July 2, 2017

A laugh from the belly

How About a Laugh !!!!!!!

Have you had a good laugh lately?

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Incredible laugh by Tom Hanks: by maidenti

LAUGHTER, it's GOOD MEDICINE !!!

Medical researchers, scientists, those highly intelligent and principle minded persons who are learned in the truths and operations of general laws which have been tested through scientific methods, have found out that laughter has great consoling benefits in regards to ones health.

We all know that there is really nothing like a good laugh. Whether we hear a joke to get us rolling in laughter, or we're watching one of our many favorite comedians doing stand-up or giving a grand performance in a movie/comedy. Laughter can get all the inner kinks out and we seem to feel better afterwards (although there are those times when we have those side-splitting laughs that leave our stomach or side hurting!!!). Yet, even with those, we experience a sense of relief. Researchers have found truth to the following benefits of laughter:

*RELIEVES STRESS: Eases tension and improves the digestion and metabolization of food. Helps to dissipate depression and eliminate fatigue. Laughter, especially combined with a positive outlook on life and positive self esteem, can strengthen the immune system.

*LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE: Causes the blood vessels to expand, thereby impoving the quality of ones circulatory system, and improving the heart rate.

*INCREASES ENDORPHINS: A group of peptides (organic compounds) found in the brain. They have been found to have the same effect as pain relievers, and certain narcotics as they bring on a euphoric feeling without the aftertaste of addiction.

Laughter is esential to our well-being. It is not only healing and helpful to those who are ill, it helps to sustain being well in those of us who are healthy. I am certain, that we are all aware that 'laughing' alone will not prevent all illnesses nor will cure all those who are ill. However, laughter has been proven to alleviate certain symptoms of illnesses. Proof has even been found in those afflicted with acute and chronic illnesses.

Being optimistic, rather than pessimistic, helps:

Mental and emotional challenges of past regrets, guilt and stress are released through the avenues of expression such as talking, anger, crying, exercise and participating in a hobby or sport you enjoy. Laughing, is another avenue to release and relieve these tensions.

Rich laughter is most often combined with deep inhalation and strong exhalation. This exercises and strengthens the internal organs. Increases the brain/body's oxygen levels and decreases carbon monoxide. Endorphin production is increased, the whole body functions better and you will feel a great sense of relief.

HOPE YOUR DAY IS FILLED WITH QUALITY MOMENTS OF LAUGHTER!!!!!!






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    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much katiem2: for returning and informing me of the dead link. I try to keep up with these things, but this one got away from me. Thanks!!! Have a great day!!

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      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I came back for a good laugh and just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know the money pit video is a dead link now. Thanks for the reminder that laughter is the best medicine, voting up! :) Katie

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      katiem2: Thanks for re-visiting! Glad you find this article a good reminder of the good medicine of laughter!! Have a great day!!!

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      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I needed a reminder of the power of laughter and what good medicine laughter is! Thank You!

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      After all of these years, The Money Pit still makes me laugh! Occasionally, me and my children will watch the movie and have a good laugh together. It never gets boring. A classic. Thanks!

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh how I laughed thanks for the reminder and the funny video... oh my what a crazy movie... Loved It! Thanks and Peace :)

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      JustAVoice: Thanks for visiting and commenting. Yes, laughter can ease even the most stressful moments.

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      Just A Voice 

      8 years ago

      There have been many times that laughter has eased a moment in my life. It is a precious gift that has been given to us. Maybe doctor's should add that to the list of prescriptions they hand out! Take 2 aspirin and one night at a comedy club, and call me in the morning if you don't feel better.

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Eileen and Prasetio, Thank you for stopping by and for your comments. Have a laugh!!!

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      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I agree with you. This is a great medicine also. Without side effect, of course. And easy to do, just laugh and keeping smile.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, Brilliant again, yes laughing is a very healthy

      part of everyones life, we should do it more often. Thanks for sharing this .

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for your visit to my hub and your comments.

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      Andrew 

      8 years ago from Italy

      As you rightly said laughing is a kind of medicine in itself, and helps pretty well to keep bad thoughts outside our mind, which in turn is not only positive in itself but helps to heal. Patch Adams docet.

      It seems to me that following you could be a good idea, so I'll do it. :)

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you Pamela99 and Lady E. Wish I could turn on the tap and drink a glass of endorphins LOL. And we all want to save money on our medical bills!!! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated!!!!!!!!!

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      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful Hub - Laughter is good medicine for us. Sometimes, I watch a DVD with comedy, just to cheer me up. I'm glad you noted it relieves stress. Saves us medical bills too - I think.

      I've observed that people who are light-hearted and laugh a lot always look younger than their age.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great hub and really important. Increasing your endorphins is very healthy. It's easy to take life too seriously sometimes.

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