Laughter Therapy

March 26, 2008 by  
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How come Sherlock Holmes never paid any income taxes?

Brilliant deductions.

Laughter therapy is one of my personal favorite complementary and alternative medicine therapies.

Laughter has been proven through clinical trials to boost endorphins, our natural pain killers, and suppress epinephrine the stress hormone. The result is less pain and less stress. Less pain and less stress is an obvious boost for the immune system. A very good thing.

Once again the healing power of the mind comes into play here. Laughter is not proven to cure but it certainly is a tool, part of your arsenal in the battle against cancer.

Laughter the Best Medicine, Research Points to the Power of a Good Giggle. This report by ABC News shares that “a study of 20 men and women conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine found that 95 percent of the volunteers experienced increased blood flow while watching a funny movie, such as There’s Something About Mary, while 74 percent had decreased blood flow during a heavier picture, such as Saving Private Ryan. The results lasted about 12 to 24 hours.”

Why don’t oysters give to charity?

They’re shellfish.

The Growing Popularity of Laughter Therapy, An NPR report. This audio report by Luke Burbank discusses the laughter movement.

“What’s significant about the laughter was not just the fact that it provides internal exercise for a person flat on his or her back-a form of jogging for the innards-but that it creates a mood in which the other positive emotions can be put to work too.” Norman Cousins.

Humor and Laughter May Influence Health: II Complementary Therapies and Humor in a Clinical Population, 2006 Oxford University Press. The article points out the subjective nature of humor and the difficulty in quantifying and measuring the correlation between humor and health.

The good news is that research into this therapy has begun.

Online Resources: Healing Cancer Naturally has a great site called Laughter is Medicine.

Laughter Therapy at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Steve Wilson’s World Laughter Tour.

Movie Recommendations:

Nanny McPhee

Failure to Launch

Freaky Friday

Fever Pitch

The Three Stooges

The Princess Bride

Now go ahead, laugh. A big belly laugh.

Then do the research for yourself.

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3 Responses to “Laughter Therapy”
  1. Me too!! Thanks for stopping by and posting, Missy.

  2. Missy Tippens says:

    I think that surely laughter has to help! I remember reading somewhere that it makes you live longer.

    By the way, Nanny McPhee is one of my very favorite movies!!

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