Posted by: Dania Corrigan Category: MAMA'S HEALTH Post Date: 25.03.2021

Laughter is the Best Medicine

It was a great day. The sun was up there in the sky and spreads its rays over the world. I was on a vacation in my favorite Greece and had all the time just to do nothing, but only relaxing. It was hot. Right after breakfast I felt the need to go in the room and lay down. I felt myself exhausted. Again this awful fatigue I have felt so many months. I was sleeping well over the night, but that extreme tiredness showed up again and again in my recent life. I knew it was a symptom of my complicated condition and it needs time to recover.

Finding myself I’m going to fall into deep depression I decided to not let me sinking in the black abyss. Trying to escape from this oppressive feeling I made an effort.

Our feelings are contagious like a virus. When we communicate we scatter emotional signals that affect our interlocutor.This is why we prefer the company of some people more than other. Because their emotional skills make us feeling great.

One study has found evidence that when people are looking smiling faces it’s possible that we can feel a little happier.

When we smile, even forcibly, our body recognises this act like something good and endorphins start to flow the blood stream.

I have decided to pretend that I’m feeling great and tried to keep my smile through the whole day. Then I found out one picture on my favourite actress Margot Robbie and her big smile reminds my to smile again and again. I kept this image and put it in my bathroom, so when I wake up in the morning and go to brush my teeth I see her smile.

Have you ever heard about Norman Cousins and his book “Anatomy of an illness”? Norman Cousins was diagnosed with a crippling and irreversible disease, but he mobilized his body’s own natural resources to heal himself. With a lot of humor, courage, and tenacity he successfully fought against the disease. His story demonstrates what the mind and body, working together can do to overcome illness. While he was looking for solution he started to ask himself the questions: “If negative emotions produce negative chemical changes in the body, wouldn’t the positive emotions produce positive chemical changes? Is it possible that love, hope faith, laughter, confidence, and the will to live have therapeutic value? Do chemical changes occur only on the downside?”

So he decided to create a recovery program in partnership with his doctor for changing body chemistry. He started to watch amusing films and discovered that belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and gave him hours without pain. He found out that laughter in fact had a salutary effect on the body’s chemistry and it enhanced the system’s ability to fight the inflammation. Along with the good laughter Norman decided to take a large dosage of vitamin C. He has started with 3 grams ascorbic acid per day and after a week he has increased the dosage to 25 grams per day. This amount was far beyond any recorded dose. He completely stopped any kind of drugs and sleeping pills. The ascorbic acid and the good laughter helped Norman forget about the pain and move his body again. Even more, he went back to his job at full time again, which was the biggest miracles for him.

“I became convinced that creativity, the will to live, hope, faith, and love have biochemical significance and contribute strongly to healing and to well-being.”
Norman Cousins

There are studies that really show how laughter can improve our health conditions. A good laughter can lower inflammations, reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, hypertension, arthritis, decrease stress and pain, expand blood vessels and increase healthy blood flow. Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones like cortisol. It is proven that when we smile neurotransmitters called endorphins are released. These endorphins make us feel happier and less stressed. Also laughing expands the lungs, stretches the muscles in the body and stimulates homeostasis. The old saying: “laughter is the best medicine” has a lot of truth in it. Laughter boosts the immune system, thus improving your resistance to diseases. Do you need more reasons to start to laugh right now? No way, I’m sure that all of us dream about some good laugh.

People often say: ”I haven’t laughed like for so long ago.” It’s true that in our everyday life we haven’t found something really funny that can make us laugh. Honestly, can you remember when the last time you laughed till tears flew from the eyes was? Till your belly started to hurt and you could hardly take a breath? Unfortunately people are overwhelmed with problems, tasks to do, children to raise, bills to pay and almost none of us has time for fun. The other problem is that there are not so funny films and books on the stage. I’m not sure about you, but for me it is very hard to find a really valuable comedy that would make me laugh from the heart. It’s a pity that I haven’t such a friend that tells jokes and makes comical scenes. I found some funny videos on the Internet and I have some favorite comedy series, but rarely do they make my belly laugh. I have a sense of humor and I always appreciate a good joke, but I find it hard to laugh at every dropped joke. I like genuine jokes, with sarcasm, self-irony, and even tragedy. I find the videos of cats and babies pretty funny probably because they are so unpredictable.

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