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10 Incredible Health Benefits Of Laughter Therapy

10 Incredible Benefits Of Laughter Therapy


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Do you know what gelotherapy is? This is the science of laughter (from the Greek “gelos,” meaning laughter). Simply put, gelotherapy is laughter therapy.

Do you want to heal yourself from the inside or just simply stay healthy? Then laughter or laughter therapy may be an excellent method to help you do so.

The most famous pioneer of laughter therapy is the American journalist Norman Cousins ​​- a man who suffered from a debilitating and painful disease called “collagen disease.” 

Cousins ​​was also diagnosed with another autoimmune disease called ankylosing spondylosis

Any movement with any part of his body caused him intolerable pain. His immune system attacked his body and destroyed it from the inside. The doctors had no idea how to help him and gave him no hope of recovery.

Left with no other choice, Cousins ​​went on to develop his way of healing himself. 

He began taking large doses of vitamin C and concentrated on positive thinking, but his central focus was laughter.

Cousins noticed that his unbearable pain would disappear for a couple of hours when he laughed for about ten minutes while watching comedy movies or shows.

Against all odds, not only did he prove his doctors wrong, but he cured himself of his debilitating diseases.

So, does laughter therapy work against illness? Let’s explore the scientific evidence.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Laughter Therapy?

10 Incredible Health Benefits Of Laughter Therapy

Do you remember the last time you genuinely laughed for ten minutes or more? Maybe you were watching something funny or simply hanging out with friends having a great time.

Do you remember the last time you genuinely laughed for ten minutes or more? Maybe you were watching something funny or simply hanging out with friends having a great time.

Anyhow, think back, and you will notice that you forgot all your troubles and tribulations during this marvelous time as if time stood still.

But there is more. This joyous and pleasant time did something to your body that you may not even be aware of. 

Above I stated, “genuinely laughed.” Genuine laughter or spontaneous laughter is the best kind for your health. (See the study here).

It has better beneficial results than self-induced or simulated laughter.

Below are ten incredible health benefits for your body when you experience joyful laughter.

10 Health Benefits of Laughter Therapy

  1. Laughter strengthens the immune system by increasing Natural Killer cells. These cells protect you by fighting disease. (Studies– [1], [2], [3])
  2. Improves the health of your cardiovascular system by relaxing and widening the arteries allowing the blood to flow smoother and easier. (Study – [1])
  3. Lowers blood pressure and heart rate (Study – [1])
  4. Regulates blood sugar levels and helps with diabetes (Study – [1]) 
  5. Stimulates circulation and relaxes muscles (Study – [1])
  6. It strengthens the functions of the gastrointestinal tract and massages your digestive organs (Article – [1])
  7. Laughter helps people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and it also improves ventilation of the lungs (Studies – [1], [2], [3])
  8. Relieves pain (Study – [1])
  9. People who laugh a lot are rarely prone to allergies or skin rashes. (Studies – [1], [2])
  10. Laughter helps to forget about grief, relieves stress and depression by lowering the stress hormone “cortisol,” and allows you to maintain sound mental health and good physical shape. (Studies – [1], [2], [3], [4])

The Three Types Of Laughter Therapy

There are three types of laughter therapy. Nevertheless, you do not have to go to a specialist for laughter therapy. 

You can watch comedy movies, TV shows, read funny material, etc., daily to reap its benefits. As stated earlier, genuine, spontaneous laughter is the best kind.

However, if you prefer to go to an expert specializing in laughter therapy, the following three types of laughter therapy are most commonly used

Classic

This type of therapy is when a laughter therapist uses different techniques to help make people laugh. Classes are held in a group or individually.

Medical Clownery

Medical clownery is practiced in many countries in children’s and also adult hospitals. 

Clown doctors entertain patients with their jokes, relieving the stress of hospitalization and tedious treatment.

The first hospital clown was Patch Adams, an American comedian, and physician, whose bio is detailed in the Hollywood tragicomedy “Healer Adams.” Such stories inspire hope!

Laughter Yoga (Hasya Yoga)

Hasya yoga is based on special breathing techniques, stretching asanas, and exercises that imitate various types of laughter. 

It was developed by the Indian physician Madan Kataria. He gathered a group of people in the park and taught them to laugh naturally. 

Here is one example of his practice method:

While in a standing position with arms at your sides, you take a deep breath, and then on a short exhalation, say “Ha!” while simultaneously spreading your arms vertically to the sides. 

Repeat 5-8 times. The louder the “Ha,” the more activates your immune system, and the better you will resist many infections. 

Laughter yoga is practiced worldwide in “Senior Centers, age care facilities, schools and colleges, companies, corporations, factories, physically and mentally challenged, police and prisons,” according to the Laughter Yoga University.

Summary

Laughter is no joking matter when it is applied for health reasons. The evidence is clear. 

It helps you mentally and physically in many ways, and the fantastic thing is, it’s free, and you can do it as much and as long as you like.

You can watch many funny clips of comic movies or TV shows, or stand-up comedians on YouTube that are guaranteed to make you laugh. 

As the old saying goes, “Laughter Is The Best Medicine.” And there is nothing funny about that. No pun intended.