A Healthy Dose Of Laughter
By Steve Goodier
I read that a child laughs 400 times a day on the average, while
an adult laughs only 15 times each day. Which is puzzling since laughter feels
so good and is so good for us!
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".
Mayo Clinic (Mayo Clinic Health Letter, March 1993) reports that
laughter aids breathing by disrupting your normal respiration pattern and
increasing your breathing rate. It can even help clear mucus from your lungs.
Laughter is also good for your heart. It increases circulation
and improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues throughout your
A good laugh helps your immune system fight off colds, flu and
sinus problems by increasing the concentration of immunoglobulin A in your
saliva. And it may help control pain by raising the levels of certain brain
Furthermore, it is a natural stress reliever. Have you ever
laughed so hard that you doubled over, fell off your chair, spit out your food
or wet your pants? You cannot maintain muscle tension when you are laughing!
The good news is that you are allowed more than 15 laughs a day!
Go ahead and double the dose and make it 30 times today. (You may begin to
notice immediate improvement in your relationships!) Then double it again! You
are bound to feel better, you will cope with problems more effectively and
people will enjoy being around you.
Laughter: it’s just good medicine!
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