Laughter is the Best Medicine, Recent Studies Claim
A Leeds University team has said that good nursing and the occasional laugh is a better way to get the body healing than using the latest technology for leg ulcers.
Recent studies suggest that laughter really is the best medicine. Researchers at the University of Oxford have written that people feel less pain after a good laugh because it may cause the body to release chemicals that act as a natural painkiller. A Leeds University team has said that good nursing and the occasional laugh is a better way to get the body healing than using the latest technology for leg ulcers. And a Vanderbilt University study concludes that giggling for 15 minutes daily burns enough calories to shed up to five pounds of fat annually, and a big belly laugh uses about the same energy as walking more than half a mile.
A collaboration called Rx Laughter contends that humor can reduce pain and stimulate immune function in children with cancer, AIDS or diabetes, and in children receiving organ transplants and bone marrow treatments. And doctors at the University of Maryland found that people who fail to raise a smile in stressful or uncomfortable situations may be more likely to develop heart problems.
“The research continues to accumulate: Laughing is good for us, and the harder we laugh the better,” say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new books TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH) and The TurboCharged Mind (January 2012, BSH) .
“The muscular exertions needed for a good laugh release feel-good brain chemicals known as endorphins,” add the Griesels. “These chemicals have numerous beneficial effects, such as elevating mood, reducing pain, lowering blood pressure and improving the immune system. Laughter is proving over and over to be powerful medicine for whatever ails you.”
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