The article ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine’ brings out the immense benefits of laughter. It is really nice to understand that laughter can ‘actually improve health and help fight disease.’ The author convincingly justifies the sayings "laughter is the best medicine." Here you can learn about laughter. It raises number of questions: ‘What it is?’ ‘What happens in our brains when we laugh?’ ‘What makes us laugh?’ ‘And how it can make us healthier and happier?’
According to the author ‘laughing is our physiological response to humor.’ Only species that laughs is human beings. Whatever may be the reason, one should not control laughter. Laughing does not require any reason. Laughter actuates the movement of face muscles, lips in particular. When we laugh you might have noticed ‘a set of gestures and vocal sound’ taking place simultaneously. When we laugh heartily:
1. We contract around 15 facial muscles contract and our zygomatic major muscle gets stimulated.
2. Our respiratory system gasps more air.
3. Our eyes half closed, tear ducts secrete tear drops
4. We make typical noises
The article brings out various benefits of laughter. The physiology of laughter or "Gelotology" is an advancing field. The frontal lobe of our brain controls our emotional responses. But it is understood that various regions of our brain are responsible for our laughter. The laughter is contagious and unites us as a group and brings good relationship.
The physiological and psychological benefits are immensely beneficial to mankind. Laughter will bring down stress or similar illness or associated physiological problems. The research on laughter shows that laughter will certainly bring balance to our immune system. The concentration of salivary immunoglobulin (IGA) protects us from malicious microbial organisms entering into our respiratory system.
Laughing lowers serum cortisol levels and influences the concentration of natural killer (NK) cells that destroy tumors and viruses increase. Our immune system show response and produce Gamma-interferon (a disease-fighting protein), T-cells, and B-cells, which make disease-destroying antibodies.
More surprises are waiting for you! Do you believe that laughing 100 times is equal to 10 minutes on the rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike? Yes. While laughing our total body works out! There is normal Blood pressure; increased vascular blood flow and in oxygenation of the blood. Laughter makes your respiratory, facial, diaphragm / abdominal, leg and back muscles to work. There is also an aerobic workout!
Let us find out what makes us laugh and do it more often. Let us crack jokes at our next get-together and learn to develop sense of humor; and let us make use of every chance to spent time amidst people who always make fun and laugh. Let us always put more laughter in our life.
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