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Laughter is the best medicine - different ways of laughing to stimulate different parts of the body

Updated on April 8, 2013
Let's LOL for better health and beauty!
Let's LOL for better health and beauty! | Source

You've heard it many times: Laughter is the best medicine. However, do you know exactly what laughter does for your body? Or different ways of laughing to impact different body parts?

Stop being angry!

Worry, anxiety, sadness and bad mood can lower endorphin levels and worsen blood circulation, which can only lead to bigger problems. Laugh them all away!

The many benefits of laughing

Laughing is really the best, and cheapest, medicine. A good laugh can work wonders for the human body in so many ways. IN fact, spontaneous, sincere laughs and smiles can be equal to:

1/2 minute of laughter = 45 minutes of total rest
A spontaneous laugh = 3 minutes of cardio
10 warm smiles = rowing for 10 minutes

Before you go and make laughter your only exercise program, you must know that laughter does not burn many calories, so it cannot replace actual physical exercise to lose weight. Sorry! I really wish it would...

Enough of the bad news. Let's move along and read some of the benefits of laughing:

  • Relieves anxiety and insecurity feelings
  • Decreases fatigue
  • Decreases self-pity
  • Reduces tension
  • Improves blood circulation, digestion, metabolism, brain function and elimination of toxic substances from the body
  • Clears your head, allowing for better thinking
  • Reduces insomnia
  • Increases hormone production
  • Analgesic- your body releases endorphins everytime it has a good laugh, which have an analgesic effect
  • Rejuvenates face and body - when you smile you makes those facial muscles work
  • Reduces depression symptoms
  • Laughter stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which increases blood Distribution to muscles and brain, allowing for better functioning
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Improves creativity

The more you laugh, the healthier you'll be!
The more you laugh, the healthier you'll be! | Source

Who can benefit from laughing?

Well, that's a silly question: We can ALL benefit from laughing. But you may want to laugh a little more if you suffer from:

  • depression
  • allergies
  • hypertension
  • weak immune system
  • cancer
  • rheumatoid arthritis

Once again, every one can enjoy the benefits of laughter, but people with medical conditions may find that laughing really improves their health.

Laughing, a wonderful drug with no side effects

Laughing turns on the brain's reward system, which is the same are on which psychostimulants work. So you get the benefits without the nasty side effects.

When we laugh the brain releases enkephalin endorphins, which have a similar effect to morphine. What does this do for us?

  • Alleviates pain
  • send messages to the brain and lymphocytes to attack virus and other bacteria
  • great against depression
  • These hormones determine how well or how bad we feel.

See? Laughter is just awesome!

How to laugh

According to Menahen Belilty, an expert in laughter and smiles, the sound of every vowel stimulates a different part of the body. Here's how.

Laughing with A (Ha, Ha Ha!!)

It relaxes the neck muscles. You will feel how every part of the body vibrates.

Laughing with E (Heh, Heh, Heh!!)

Laughing in this manner is important for those who use their voice as their job, such as singers, actors, teachers, radio hosts, etc...

This kind of laugh relaxes the front part of the throat and alleviates any existing sore throat. This type of laugh will also help to reduce stage fright and will help you communicate better. So if you have something important you want to say to someone (boss, girlfriend, parents) laugh with the "E" to have a more fluid and understandable communication. Do it BEFORE you go and talk to them, not DURING. That would make things awkward.

Laughing with I (Hee, hee, hee!!)

According to Belilty, laughing with "I" connects you with your intuition and awakens your creativity. Why? Because it stimulates brain oxygenation and blood circulation from the neck to the head. So if you need creativity laugh like a witch: HEE, HEE, HEE!!

Laugh your worries away with your friends!
Laugh your worries away with your friends! | Source

Laughing with O (Ho, ho, ho!!)

You've heard this laugh, especially every time December rolls around. What part of the body moves the most when you laugh with the O? Your stomach!

Laughing in this manner stimulates the endocrine system and vibrates the digestive system and part of the lungs. This helps in the elimination of toxins and improves digestion. So before every meal, laugh Ho, Ho, Ho!!

Laughing with U (Hoo, hoo, hoo!!)

Who laughs like that? I've never heard anyone with such a laugh, but there must be someone out there...

This type of laugh stimulates...wait for it...sexual organs and hormones! So if you want to get ready for a night of passion, laugh with a U. Make it a laugh, not a cry (boo-hoo) as this could have the opposite effect...
If this is not doing it for you, check out this article on Maca root, the natural viagra.

Keep laughing in any way and any manner to keep looking young and stay optimistic. Learn to laugh away your problems!
Happy living!

Here's a joke, courtesy of Comedy Central, that I hope will make you laugh:

A very old woman decides it's time to end it all. She has lived many years and seen many things, so she decides it's time to die. After careful consideration, she decides that the best method to depart from this world would be to shoot herself through the heart. However, the old woman realizes she doesn't know exactly where the heart is located, so she calls her doctor.

The doctor tells her: "The heart is located two inches below the left nipple."

The old woman hangs up the phone, reaches for her gun and shoots herself in her left knee.


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    • Silver Q profile image

      Silver Q 4 years ago

      Hi A.Lawrence!

      That quote summarizes everything in such an awesome way! Love it! Thanks for reading!

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      A.Lawrence 4 years ago

      This reminds me I included a Thought For The Day in one of my Hubs a quote by Mary Poole - "He Who Laughs, Lasts", enough said :-)