Week 2 - Laugh a lot

Published On: 01-01-1970 12:00am

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Week two of my interpretive series from “How to be an Artist” by Sark.   

~ Laugh a lot ~          image

Ok, so we all know how good we feel after a good Laugh right?  Whether it be from a joke, a crazy movie, a SNL skit, or the “you had to be there!!” moment with your friends.  You know, the ones you have a hard time telling other people about because you’re not sure yourself why it was so darn funny only that it was.  

Anyway, here’s the science in a not so nutshell.  A good hearty belly Laugh carries many desirable health benefits.  It reduces the bad chemicals released by negative stress, such as epinephrine, cortisol, dopamine, and adrenaline, and increases the level of good health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters.  Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T cells.  All this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress. 

You also use a huge muscle in your abdomen called the diaphragm. Exerting pressure on the abdominal muscles while laughing helps you get a free detox session.  The pressure on the muscles squeezes the lymphatic vessels and thus it boosts your lymphatic circulation which is the body’s natural method of detoxifying the intracellular wastes and toxins, and flushing them out of the body, flushing out all the toxic negative thoughts and concerns that poison your mind too.  No yucky tasting concoctions to drink and hours on the commode.

Cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore have also conducted studies on the effects of Laughter on coronary heart disease. Their results have concluded that those with a better sense of humor and who Laugh regularly are less likely to develop heart disease and those that do develop it often have much milder symptoms than those who are generally negative and have less of a sense of humor.  They believe that Laughter somehow promotes the growth of endothelium, a protective barrier that lines blood vessels and prevents cholesterol build-up in coronary arteries. The break-down of endothelium is one of the first stages of heart disease and leaves the coronary system open for further and progressive damage.

Most importantly Laughter connects us with others.   With the way of computerized social networking we spend much less time really being with other humans. This be done on online venues but it’s soooo much more fun when we are truly in the physical presence of one another.   By elevating the mood of those around you, you can reduce their stress levels, and perhaps improve the quality of social interaction you experience with them, reducing your stress level even more!  Just as with smiling and kindness, most people find that Laughter is contagious, so if you bring more Laughter into your life, you can most likely help others around you to Laugh more, and realize these benefits as well.

So a guy walks into a bar..........  

Scientific information gathered from Hellium , the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Womens Health, online.

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