Humor Therapy

Patients, doctors and health-care professionals are all finding that laughter may indeed be the best medicine.

Laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases muscle flexion, and boosts immune function.  Scientific research has shown that laughing actually raises the blood level of certain infection-fighting white blood cells called T-cells and  B-cells.  It boosts levels of  disease-fighting proteins called gamma-interferon while simultaneously decreasing pain by  releasing endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.  It produces a general sense of well-being.

Hospitals around the country are incorporating formal and informal laughter therapy programs into their therapeutic regimens. In countries such as India, laughing clubs (where participants gather in the early morning for the sole purpose of laughing) are gaining in popularity.

Humor is a universal language. It's a contagious emotion and a natural diversion. It brings other people in and breaks down barriers. Best of all, it is free and has no known side reactions.

Laugh Your Way to Enlightenment!

Laughter is one of the easiest ways to free you from your mind's constant thought processes and worries and find inner peace. It will make you more alive, more healthy, and more creative.

A Healthy Dose of Laughter

You may know the benefits of laughter on the mind and spirit, but are you aware of how much a good laugh can help you physically? Norman Cousins used to say that laughter is so bene­ficial for your body that it is like “inner jogging.”

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