Laughter is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humour and laughter strengthen the immune system, boost the energy, diminish pain, and protect from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.
The brain talks to the body. It is in charge of things like thinking, ability to walk, talk, breathe, and move. Brain also produces chemicals that affect everything from how fast the heart beats to how well one fights off disease.
This is through what is called the mind-body connection, the simple act of laughing can tell the brain to produce chemicals that lower the risk for heart attacks, makes the heart work better and pump more, evenly boost body’s immune system to fight off infection, increase deep breathing, which relaxes the muscles, gives more energy, and lowers the stress, improves emotional experiences and mood and manage feelings of pain and stress.
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” Although our ancestors couldn’t explain it scientifically, they knew intuitively that laughter was good for the body as well as the soul. Now scientific research backs this up. “The more you laugh, the better you’ll feel and the healthier you’ll be.” Laughter is one of those things, like getting exercise! Except laughter all other medical aids require the help of others.