The Healing Power of Laughter

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The Healing Power of Laughter

by andy73 on Sat Feb 19, 2011 08:59 AM

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“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E. E. Cummings

 

We were born with the gift of laughter. Laughter is a natural medicine. A growing body of research supports the theory that laughter may have therapeutic value.

For years, the use of humor has been used in medicine. Surgeons used humor to distract patients from pain as early as the 13th century. Later, in the 20th century, came the scientific study of the effect of humor on physical wellness. Many credit this to Norman Cousins. After years of prolonged pain from a serious illness, Cousins claims to have cured himself with a self-invented regimen of laughter and vitamins. In his 1979 book Anatomy of an Illness, Cousins describes how watching comedic movies helped him recover.

For people living with cancer, it may seem strange to find humor when facing such serious issues. Yet, laughter can be helpful in ways you might not have realized or imagined.

Laughter can help you feel better about yourself and the world around you. Laughter can be a natural diversion. When you laugh, no other thought comes to mind. Laughing can also induce physical changes in the body. After laughing for only a few minutes, you may feel better for hours.

When used in addition to conventional cancer treatments, laughter therapy may help in the overall healing process.

According to some studies, laughter therapy may provide physical benefits, such as helping to:

  • Boost the immune system and circulatory system
  • Enhance oxygen intake
  • Stimulate the heart and lungs
  • Relax muscles throughout the body
  • Trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)
  • Ease digestion/soothes stomach aches
  • Relieve pain
  • Balance blood pressure
  • Improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)

http://www.cancercenter.com/complementary-alternative-medici

RE: The Healing Power of Laughter

by andy73 on Sat Feb 19, 2011 09:04 AM

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In that light, a couple videos that might lift your spirits :

 

http://www.viddler.com/explore/chris/videos/19/

 

http://www.counterthink.com/

RE: The Healing Power of Laughter

by Jeannielu on Sat Feb 26, 2011 05:10 AM

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On Feb 19, 2011 8:59 AM andy73 wrote:

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E. E. Cummings

 

We were born with the gift of laughter. Laughter is a natural medicine. A growing body of research supports the theory that laughter may have therapeutic value.

For years, the use of humor has been used in medicine. Surgeons used humor to distract patients from pain as early as the 13th century. Later, in the 20th century, came the scientific study of the effect of humor on physical wellness. Many credit this to Norman Cousins. After years of prolonged pain from a serious illness, Cousins claims to have cured himself with a self-invented regimen of laughter and vitamins. In his 1979 book Anatomy of an Illness, Cousins describes how watching comedic movies helped him recover.

For people living with cancer, it may seem strange to find humor when facing such serious issues. Yet, laughter can be helpful in ways you might not have realized or imagined.

Laughter can help you feel better about yourself and the world around you. Laughter can be a natural diversion. When you laugh, no other thought comes to mind. Laughing can also induce physical changes in the body. After laughing for only a few minutes, you may feel better for hours.

When used in addition to conventional cancer treatments, laughter therapy may help in the overall healing process.

According to some studies, laughter therapy may provide physical benefits, such as helping to:

  • Boost the immune system and circulatory system
  • Enhance oxygen intake
  • Stimulate the heart and lungs
  • Relax muscles throughout the body
  • Trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)
  • Ease digestion/soothes stomach aches
  • Relieve pain
  • Balance blood pressure
  • Improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)

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Thank you so much for this site and information on laughter. My husband was diagnosed just 8 wks ago with stage 4 neck cancer and has been so depressed. There has not been any laughter around here for some time. My goal now will be to provide as much comedy programs and shows as possible. We really need the laughter back in our lives right now.

Thank you,

Jeannie

 

RE: The Healing Power of Laughter

by obiewon on Thu Apr 12, 2012 04:52 PM

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I can use that about Right now

RE: The Healing Power of Laughter

by obiewon on Thu Apr 12, 2012 04:54 PM

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On Apr 12, 2012 4:52 PM obiewon wrote:

I can use that about Right now
Norman Cousins That was the book I was looking for. Thank you, thank You ,

RE: The Healing Power of Laughter

by Loui-e on Sat Apr 06, 2013 05:03 PM

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Well said Andy. Very appreciated. Karen i.e. Loui-e

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