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Laughter 'protects the heart'
The old adage that laughter is the best medicine may be true according to doctors. Research carried out in the US suggests that laughing and having a good sense of humour can protect against heart disease. The study by doctors at the University of Maryland has found that people who fail to raise a smile in stressful or uncomfortable situations may be more likely to develop heart problems. More....
Laughter the best medicine.
Whenever we fall ill, we go to a doctor who examines us, diagnoses the ailment
and prescribes a medicine. We take the prescribed medicine treatment and, in due
course, recover. Thus prompt medical
attention and appropriate medication restores the sick man to his former health
and strength. Then , Why is it said that the Laughter is the best medicine.
Medical experts say that many of our
diseases are mental. Physical sufferings or ailments are often the symptoms of some inner mental disorder. Today, life is
very stressful and stress related diseases are on the rise. Majority of
illnesses have some relation to stress. Some of the modern life stress related
diseases are: high blood pressure, depression, anxiety,
heart disease, cancer and low immunity etc. Stress, depression, anger
etc. release adrenalin into stomach and this can lead to future disorders.
Many of the doctors are of the view that
if a man is happy, cheerful, contended and positive, disease will
not draw to him and, even if it does, it will not stay with him.
Recently I have seen a big display card
in a hospital which says that “ LAUGHING MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR ILLNESS.”
So let us analyze what laughter is ? and
what are its effects ?
Laughter is to smile or make sounds to
show that are you are happy or amused. Laughter is a physical , mental and
spiritual tonic. Laughter is also the
internal jogging. Research indicates that the children smile or laugh 400 times
per day, adults smile or laugh 15 or less times per day.
The total capacity of pair of lungs is about 3,500 cubic centimeters, or is 10
times breath taken in . Hearty laughter takes in more amount of air to lungs
& makes it fresh by
oxidization. The entire body including the brain is exposed to an increased
amount of Oxygen. So we feel very fresh after a good laugh.
Some of you might have heard about a
famous book called “ anatomy of illness” written by Norman cousin, an
American journalist.. In this book he explains, how he recovered from illness.
Few years ago, he was hospitalized and unable to move his limbs. Doctors said
that his recovery will be miracle. He was very strong and believed that if a
person works under stress, worries much, lives in anxiety and fear , his health
Then converse must be true. If a man is
cheerful all the time, if there is
love, faith, hope, optimism etc he will be free from most of the illness.
Immediately he called his friends to visit him with comic films, comic books
etc. They gave a very good collection of humorous articles.
seeing comic movies, read jokes, laughed again & again. He laughed
as often as he could. To his astonishment, he found he could give up
medicines. Within few months, he was fit enough to play on Golf and resume his
journalistic work. The doctors were amazed.
US researchers have said that even
looking forward to having a good laugh can boost the immune system. They also
found that When you watch a
humorous video, CORTISOL, a stress hormone will be reduce by 39%, another stress
hormone “Adrenaline “ by 70%. While , levels of feel good hormone “
Endorphin” rose 27% and growth hormone by 87%. Growth hormone is very
essential for immune system.
It is a scientifically established fact
that laughter improves & regularizes hormone secretion ( ejection) in the
body. Laughter Also provides rhythematic movements of abdominal muscles , gently
massages the intestines and thus improves digestion
& blood circulation.
Research shows that laughing,
cheerfulness and smiling creates motion waves in the mind and generates
immunoglobolin & endorphins which makes strong immunity system to prevent
& fight disease .
A hospital in Bombay has a library of
comic books, films, cartoon etc.
Guest speakers always comes to this hospital makes the patients laugh with
humorous stories and jokes.
We have lot of great people who have very
good sense of humour. Socrates, Mahatma Ghandhi, St.Francis Assisi, Vivekanandha
are some of them.
Mahtma Gandhi said” If I did not have
my sense of humour, I would have committed suicide long ago”
Swami Vivekananda was a child of joy. He was so spontaneous.
He did not restrain himself from laughing at public meetings
when the occasion demand.
Bernard shaw was also has a very good
sense of humour. One day a
beautiful lady met Bernard shaw and said : “You have the best intellect in the
world and I have the most beautiful face. If we married, we would be able to
produce the perfect child.”
Bernard shaw answered: “Do you imagine
what would be the child’s condition if he had your brains and my face.”
I would like to give you some practical
suggestions to improve your health
See comic movies & funny
Read humorous books & jokes at least once in a week
See that your face always wears a smile
Anticipate funny or happy event in your life.
Give a hearty laugh at least three times everyday- Once before breakfast,
once before lunch and once before dinner.
Develop a healthy sense of humor
Learn to laugh at yourself and your mistakes.
Try to share jokes with your family.
Try to join a laughing club and enjoy their company
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