Most people have seen or heard of the movie Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams. A movie which highlights the benefits of laughter and happiness in the life of medical patients, this philosophy is called: Laughter Therapy. Laughter Therapy simply is what it states, Laughter used as Therapy.
There are many reasons why laughter is beneficial to our bodies and social health.:
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system.
Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Physical Health Benefits:
Lowers stress hormones
Relaxes your muscles
Prevents heart disease
Mental Health Benefits:
Adds joy and zest to life
Eases anxiety and fear
Attracts others to us
Helps defuse conflict
Promotes group bonding
With all these benefits and upsides to laughter, the Laughter Therapy sensation has gone national, in Canada every province has certified laughter leaders. And in some institutions, such as At Heritage Home, a residential drug rehab centre located near the Quebec-U.S. border, laughter therapy is used to help addicts.
Do You think that Laughter Therapy is something that should be considered when facing our toughest problems, or do you feel that it minimizes the severity of some problems?