The Health Benefits of Laughter Therapy

laughingI have been using laughter therapy as a way of coping with all of my chronic disorders and diseases. While it has not been able to keep my mind completely off of the intense chronic pain and health problems I’m battling,  it still has in many ways relaxed my body. To laugh during such a difficult time in my life has helped me in more ways than I could ever imagine.  It would be hard for me to list them all.   I would say that it has saved my life.  I have been chronically ill with fibromyalgia for almost 15 years, depression disorders, and various other illnesses that completely ravaged my body making it impossible for me to control how my body reacts and functions.

I discovered that laughter has really helped me to keep my emotions in check to a degree and I feel a little better about myself.  Laughing has helped to keep my mind off of my fibromyalgia pain and side effects of my prescribed medications. There are times, such as now where my pain is incredibly high and I’m unable to find suitable assistance, I have found laughter therapy to still be a beneficial tool and a coping mechanism through all of the difficult battles I have dealt with over the years.  There are various well-documented medical research done on the effect of using laughter as a therapy tool.  The power of laughter is that it’s an antidote to relieving stress, problems and yes even pain.  Humor has the ability to bring much needed balance in the person’s life and lightens up their load too.

Benefits of laughter:

  • Reduces stress hormones such as endorphins, adrenaline and cortisol
  • Fights against respiratory infections and boosts the body’s immune system
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Expands the person’s views on situations reducing overwhelmed feelings
  • Improves the person’s overall mood
  • Add joy and excitement
  • Strengthens relationships with others
  • Defuses difficult situations
  • Attracts others to us and encourages unity amongst one another
  • Improves memory, alertness, and creativity
  • Increases memory and learning capabilities
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Gives the diaphragm, and abdominal region a good workout including respiratory, facial, back, and leg muscles

Ideas of where to find something funny to laugh at?

  • YouTube videos are a wonderful option as many videos are a few minutes long and can provide a much needed release.  My favorite type of videos to watch are primarily animal-based videos such as cats, dogs and wildlife getting themselves into the most interesting case of circumstances.
  • Reading online comic strips and cartoons.  Both of these can easily be found anywhere online, especially on Facebook.  I follow many online comics strips Facebook pages providing me exactly what I need each day.
  • Funny TV shows and movies are still the best options of watching something that appeals to you and will get you in the right frame of mind.
  • Search for comedians and people in general who will make you laugh. Attending a comedy club is the perfect way to get yourself in the laughing mood.
  • Do something silly and what that entails for me is making funny faces in the mirror.  Eventually I will laugh.  Sometimes it takes time for me to laugh but I will chuckle a little in due time.

 

So please keep in mind that laughter is truly the best medicine.

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Laughter just makes everything better. There is something to that saying I am laughing so I don’t cry.

Laughter is an amazing source of medicine. When I think of Laughter Therapy, I always think about Robin Williams “patch adams” I loved that movie.

I’m glad you found something that works for you! &It’s even free!

Laughter always makes me feel better, helps to relieve stress and be a better parent to my kids.

i think the laughter thing is why having good friends is so important. they laugh with you!

I have heard that laughter helps a lot. And I LOVE some of the youtube videos, they are hilarious!

Laughter always changes my mood for the better.

A good hearty laugh IS definitely the best medicine!!! Great post!

It’s so true that after you’ve laughed for a while your outlook seems to alter a bit. Things don’t seem so bad and you can start pushing through if you’ve had a hard day. I love the physical benefits you’ve mentioned too, I’ve never really thought of laughing being good for your body in those ways.

I’ve always had a great sense of humor, even through the worst moments of my life. When the events leading up to the end of my first marriage started happening, people were amazed that I was able to joke about things a little. I kept saying that i could either find something to laugh/giggle about what was happening of start crying and never stop. Laughter really is the best medicine!

This is such a great idea! I’m totally loving it!

If anyone needs something funny to laugh at… you are welcome to come over and watch my kids for a while. They are always entertaining!

Oh I love laughter. I love laughing until me cheeks and sides hurt.. I feel reset after a good laugh.. We DVR our favorite shows that make us laugh..

I’m trying to tell you there is nothing like a good laugh! This is one of the reasons why I love getting together with my friends and sorors we are guaranteed to laugh ourselves into a belly ache. Comedies are my favorite types of movies no matter how silly. There is just something about a good laugh.

Youtube indeed has the funnies lined up!

I like this post and this idea! My husband always says, ” A merry heart does good like medicine.” I have found this to be true.

Laughter really is the best medicine, whenever I’m feeling down I immediately head to things that make me laugh.

I totally feel like laughter is medicine. Even if I smile when I don’t feel like smiling, it does something to lift my mood. Laughter is magic!

So true..if I can just get that one laugh out, I usually feel a lot better. Sometimes, it’s all about changing your perspective.

I know that I always feel good after a good laugh.. it feels like stress relief at it’s best. So glad to hear that it helps you and really appreciate that you shared your personal experience and also the ideas on where to sneak in a good hearty laugh!

Laughing is the best medicine! My husband and my 6 year old son crack me up – they both have the best sense of humor. At the end of a long day, it’s just what I need to uplift me.

I had no idea laughter could do so much! I need t do more of it! 🙂

Laughter is so good for the soul and I know so many friends who need more laughter in their lives. It’s so important to meet friends, call them on the phone and not just text or send messages.

I couldn’t agree more! I LOVE to watch comedy movies or even comedy routines with my husband – we always end up smiling the rest of the night and forgetting all our troubles!

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