Ideas of healing have spread throughout the ages and medicine has taken on all forms ranging from leaves to needles to pills and syrups. However, some things that are best for us are not always tangible.
As technology advances, the methods to healing are becoming more simple and organic causing true physicians to even emphasze the use of your own body to induce the natural and necessary process to healing. Parameters such as our senses (hearing, sight, taste, touch smell) are highly attributed to methods of alternative healing, sound in particular.
So, what is it about the sounds we create?
Think of the parts of the body that function together when creating the sound that comes with coughing. Everything from the abdomen to the glottis (combination of the vocal folds, vocal cords) and the space in between the folds (the rima glottidis) to the nose and chest cavity. In this action, your body is actually attempting to rid itself of a foreign element whether it be an object, bacteria or anything that is out of place.
Could laughter create a similar effect?
Just like a cough, the muscles utilized in laughter (diaphragm, shoulders and the heart, of course!) help to force unknowns from the body. Studies have found that increased laughter reduces stress which can, in turn, relieve pain and increase immunity. An increase in immunity means that your white blood cells have increased. White blood cells are the defense fighters for the body, giving you the ability to ward off diseases such as cancer of various body parts. Laughter increases healthy hormones such as endorphins and neurotransmitters as well as anti-bodies, also known as “T-bodies;” laughter simultaneously reduces stress hormones such as epinephrine, dopamine, cortisol and growth hormones. Not only does laughter help you, but it is one thing that folks don’t mind to find contagious! Crack a smile and see if it doesn’t provoke someone to smile as well!
Finding out that laughter can create such a highly protective state within your body should make anyone want to crack a smile at least more than once a day! Children are found to laugh more than 400 times a day while adults may spurt a giggle at 15 times a day.
While the changes of our lives may cause us to look back with bittersweet smiles of the “good ol’ days,” take a moment to embrace the idea of life right now, the living light that comes when the corners of your mouth curls and the lips spread just enough to show those pearly whites. Now inhale and let out a little chuckle. That chuckle may lessen the stress of that phone call with your physician or that dreaded meeting with that pesky insurance person. There are things that will just come with life and increased age and the gift of laughter is one of them, bringing you closer to a euphoric state of mind, and body, that you can appreciate always and forever!
Do you need a good laugh? What’s causing you to be less cheerful? What changes are you experiencing in your life? Now is the time to take a complimentary assessment to find out how you can bring yourself to better health with a little more laughter in your life!