A laughing matter

By | 30th December 2015


New Year’s Eve and 2016 are nearly upon us. The best #NYResolution you can make is to #laugh. Laughter is the best medicine you can get. The amazing thing is that your body doesn’t know the difference between spontaneous laughter and created laughter. Start laughing in your body and your brain will join in. Laughing will seriously improve your health. How? When you are laughing physical changes begin in your body. The changes in your breathing increase oxygen intake in your lungs and stimulates your heart and muscles. Tension is soothed away, blood pressure is reduced, and you soon feel relaxed. Laugher is a serious threat to low mood and depression because the changes that take place in the brain simply dissolve negativity.

Humour is infectious and it is impossible to avoid. When laughter is shared we feel closer to our fellow jokers. We have all experienced compulsive, hysterical laughter. Remember the joy of the giggles, impossible to control no matter what the consequences? The chemistry created by laughter is a priceless medicine, free and available to all.

Happiness and laughing go together, but this will affect your health and you need to be aware of the side effects. That guffawing and bellyaching laugher is better than jogging. It burns 400 calories an hour. It increases immune hormones and cells, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases happy hormone production, releases endorphins, the natural pain killers thereby reducing pain, causes the blood vessels to expand which increases blood flow. Neuropeptides and opioid is released causing you to feel happy and calm no matter what is happening in your life. The act of laughing increases your lung capacity which means you get more oxygen, and creates natural anti-ageing and anti-oxidant chemicals better than any you can buy. Studies show that laughter stimulates the parts of our brain that use dopamine, the feel good chemical. There it is: laughter is essential and necessary. Here’s to a lot of laughter in 2016. Instead of taking life seriously, it’s time to be serious about laughing. Laughing Yoga is a fantastic therapy. Contact Thyme for your Health for details.



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