In the 180 countries people follow different traditions, speak various languages and have a different way of life. Among all these differences there is only one emotion that is universally understood. It is smile. This is expressed from the lips and has a vibrant cousin, which is the open throat-ed laugh. Laughter is the best medicine. It is the movement of the muscles around the mouth and shows bright expression in the eyes. It indicates happiness, derision or satisfaction. It is attended by an interrupted and sonorous expulsion of air through the lungs.
New research has proved the ancient wisdom that happiness, laughter and a joyful heart are good medicines for the body. Laughter offers healing and medicinal solution to any ailment. Laughter therapy uses different techniques of laughter to bring back the energy to your body.
Laughter does not just cure depression or stress. It is the essential ingredient for happiness in our daily life.
Laughter helps to deal with variety of maladies like stress. In today’s frantic lifestyle personal life has been left behind. It is said that 90% of the diseases are caused due to hectic lifestyle and stress. The initial symptoms of stress could be lack of sleep, constipation, anger, indigestion or acidity. In the long run a person may be a victim of diabetes, heart disease, insomnia, nervous breakdown, high blood pressure, slip disc, arthritis, peptic ulcers, spondylitis and many more. Laughter, if used properly, can work as a great stress buster.
Children undergo certain stressful conditions from a very early age. Their studies, exams, hobby classes, tuitions, extra curricular activities and other such thoughts contribute for the development of stress. Women are expected to multitask and handle multiple responsibilities. They undergo stressful conditions mentally and physically through out the day. Men have to carry different responsibilities through out the day fulfilling job demands, achieving their goals and other expectations. They are also victims of stress. Senior citizens take up family responsibilities by giving space for stress in their lives.
There are many different techniques that will help you fight stress. However, laughter is the only medicine which can provide an unparalleled and unique relaxation. When you laugh it induces physical changes in your body along with lightening your mental load.
Laughter is a powerful medicine particularly for the heart. Stress and anxiety are the most important reasons for rapid growth of diseases. An improper diet schedule, an unhealthy lifestyle also contributes to an unhealthy body. Heart diseases may be caused due to hereditary but they may also occur due to smoking, excessive intake of saturated fats, obesity, stress and many other causes.
Laughter helps to reduce the release of stress related hormones bringing relaxation into the body. It does not completely cure heart related diseases but helps in reducing the dosage of medicine.
Laughter can also reduce problems caused by respiratory ailments. It improves oxygen levels in the blood and also the lung capacity. Doctors recommend physiotherapy for the chest to bring out phlegm from the respiratory passage. Blowing forcefully into a balloon or instrument is the common exercise for asthma patients. Laughter therapy does the same job more freely and effortlessly. Laughter increases the levels of anti bodies in the mucous membrane of the respiratory passage which will gradually decrease chest infection.
Laughter is also known as internal jogging. Jogging is an exercise which is running at a slow or leisurely pace. Internal jogging is an internal workout which loosens the body muscles. It massages all the internal organs and enhances the blood supply and increases efficiency.
There are some simple measures one can take to reduce body pains and aches. Strong evidence has been seen that laughter can help fight diseases and improve health. However, laughter makes you forget muscle pain, joint pains or arthritis in your body. Laughter increases the endorphins level in the body which are natural pain killers. It reduces the intensity of pain for people suffering from spondylitis, arthritis and muscular spasms. Many people have reported that there has been reduced frequency of tension, headaches and migraine.
Laughter will help to improve the sociability. It can make people who are reserved and shy become confident. It will improve your inter personal relationships and opens up your mind.
Breathing capacity is one of the most important factors that determine stamina in sports and other activities, laughter therapy improves this factor. Laughter increases relaxation levels and brings in a positive attitude before performing a certain act. Thus, laughter therapy can be added as a regular exercise to improve stamina.
Laughter helps to develop a positive attitude. A great level of self confidence is created by using laughter therapy every day.
Snoring is a result of lack of tone in the muscles of the soft palate. As mentioned above, laughter is very good for the muscles. It is also good for the soft palate and throat muscles. Laughter definitely improves the problem of snoring.
Many surgeries are offered to cure obesity. It is great however, to know that you can control your body by a simple laugh. Calorie conscious people try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Laughter is the best exercise to stimulate metabolism and burn calories.
Which type of laughter do you possess? There are more than 50 types of different types of laughter in the laughter therapy, which can be divided into the following groups. You can try these types of laughter to maintain a healthy and happy body.
If you laugh with a wide open mouth and maximum sound by raising both the hands upward and clapping each other is called a spontaneous laughter. You can laugh like this for 10 to 15 minutes everyday to avoid all the mental and physical problems.
Joker’s Laughter is almost like spontaneous laughter but with no sound. You need to be happy and express your feelings on your face. Your hands and body should also have the same action of happiness. Practice this laughter for 15 minutes everyday for a relaxed mind.
Basic laughter is seen all around us. It is a simple laugh which every person can display in their own style. All the other types of laughter are formed by combining the basic laughter and other types of laughter. All you need to do is hide a photograph or a funny sweater. You can even watch a comedy scene to laugh your heart out in your style. You need to laugh for at least 15 to 20 mins everyday.
Warm up laughter is chanting ‘Ho Ho’ by throwing both the hands in front repeatedly. This will eliminate the residual air lying in the lungs and will fill it up with fresh air. ‘Ha Ha Hee Hee’ needs to be repeated after five minutes of the first laughter. This exercise works best when accompanied with a morning walk or jog. Try to laugh like this for at least 20 to 25 minutes.
In this kind of laughter people keep their lips tightly closed. They laugh gently by making a sound of a humming bee or pigeon. This laughter needs to last for about 10 to 15 minutes by giving a break of 10 seconds after every 30 to 45 seconds.
As read above the benefits of laughing. It is not just to keep your mind happy but also to keep your physical body healthy. It is very important to stay healthy and happy always. What harm could it do to laugh your heart out? You will get rid of all kinds of problems and have a confident personality. Keep smiling and laughing always!
Deblina Biswas has an M.Sc degree in Nutrition from the University of Osmania and has tons of experience in Fitness and Nutrition. She loves everything about food and fitness and the fact that she has been able to follow her heart when it comes to her profession. When she is not working, she likes to rustle up delectable concoctions in the kitchen, of course keeping the health quotient intact. She says, everyone just loves her healthy biryani she makes for special occasions. She believes that most ailments can be cured with the right amalgamation of nutrition and fitness.
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