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A Healthy Dose of Laughter
by Steve Goodier
I read that a child laughs 400 times a day on the average, while an adult
laughs only 15 times each day. Which is puzzling since laughter feels so good
and is so good for us!
You may know the benefits of laughter on the mind
and spirit, but are you aware of how much a good laugh can help you
physically? Norman Cousins used to say that laughter is so beneficial for
your body that it is like “inner jogging.”
Mayo Clinic (Mayo Clinic
Health Letter, March 1993) reports that laughter aids breathing by disrupting
your normal respiration pattern and increasing your breathing rate. It can
even help clear mucus from your lungs.
Laughter is also good for your
heart. It increases circulation and improves the delivery of oxygen and
nutrients to tissues throughout your body.
A good laugh helps your
immune system fight off colds, flu and sinus problems by increasing the
concentration of immunoglobulin A in your saliva. And it may help control
pain by raising the levels of certain brain chemicals
Furthermore, it is a natural stress reliever. Have you ever
laughed so hard that you doubled over, fell off your chair, spit out your
food or wet your pants? You cannot maintain muscle tension when you
The good news is that you are allowed more than 15
laughs a day! Go ahead and double the dose and make it 30 times today. (You
may begin to notice immediate improvement in your relationships!) Then
double it again! You are bound to feel better, you will cope with
problems more effectively and people will enjoy being around
Laughter: it’s just good medicine!
Laugh Your Way to Enlightenment!
Laughter is one of the easiest ways to free yourself from
the mind's constant thought process and find inner peace. It will make you
more alive, more healthy, more creative, and more silent.