MemorialCare Health System Your Health:The Healing Power of Laughter
Benefits of LaughterWe often use laughter to communicate our joy, and it is through this joy that researchers have found patients creating a sense of well-being and prolonged survival. In fact, studies have found that laughter has numerous physiological benefits, including normalizing your blood pressure, boosting immune function and improving your circulation.
As a natural human function, laughter works to activate endorphins or pain relieving hormones. Making time for laughter also will help you reduce the levels of stress and its harmful effects.
Something to Laugh AboutOn average, about 10 percent of our white blood cells are natural killer cells — healthy cells that regularly protect our bodies from viral infected cells.
One research team, using the relationship between laughter and natural killer cell activity, found that the more frequently patients engaged in laughter, the stronger their natural killer cell activity became. This means that laughter immediately improves our body’s capacity to kill or eliminate cancer cells!
Universal MedicineThe most crucial tip for healthy laughter? According to Mariusz Wirga, M.D., medical director, psychosocial oncology, MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, Long Beach Memorial, "the will!" Choosing to set aside time each day for unconditioned laughter, where jokes or humor are not needed, is the most important part of this universal medicine.
So, why laugh?
We always have (health) reasons to laugh even when there is not much in our life situation to laugh about. So, laugh unconditionally every day for your favorite dose of medicine.
Information Complied from LaughYourCancerOff.com
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