Laughter has long been practiced in the western clinics. At one of the congresses of the International Society for the Study of laughter (Birmingham) the data on cancer was cited: patients who laugh regularly, have higher rates of convalescence and better health indicators compared to the control group.
Fun-loving people have 40% less risk to catch cardiovascular disease than the gloomy ones. This serious difference was discovered in one study. It looks like we take such a serious preventive and therapeutic agent, as laughter too lightly. However, in recent years, laughter therapy is gaining recognition around the world.
The first smile we copied from animals: a role model became menacing growl of tiger or snarl of an orangutan. And in that moment, when a primitive man, protected by stone walls of the cave, realized that he can mimic a smile of a sabertoothed tiger, and it will be no danger for him, laughter was born as a discharge after a dangerous game. Laughter of salvation is the first joy in the life of mankind.
The analgesic effect of laughter is confirmed by many studies. This is especially true of chronic pain relief for arthritis, spinal injuries, and neurological diseases... Some doctors believe that laughter triggers the release of substances with analgesic effect in the blood – endorphins.
Our immune system also likes to laugh, so much so psychoneuroimmunology could not overlook it. The reaction of the immune system to laugh is directly opposite to the response to stress. Fans of laugh really rarely get sick – it is a scientifically proven fact. One study even showed that infants of risible mothers are significantly less likely to suffer ARVI!
Laughter can be called “inner jogging”. As in the usual morning run, the pressure jumps first, and then gradually falls below the level of the previous training. Of course you should not experiment with very high blood pressure - the laughter is still not qualified as the mean of intensive care.
Particularly, laughter is a breathing training. There is even a Sanskrit name for it: hasya yoga. “Ho-ho” is coming from the stomach (from the diaphragm), “ha-ha” - from the heart from the chest, “hee-hee” - from ... the third eye. Ideally, of course, it would be necessary to learn and develop these kinds of laughter, but the greatest therapeutic value is credited with deep laughter – belly laughing.
So, laugh for the prevention and treatment! This medication is available free of charge, and with the only side effect - good mood.