Laughter- The Best Medicine
Laughter, they say, is the best medicine. And there is a lot of evidence that laughter does us a lot.
Reduces pain and allows us to tolerate discomfort.
Reduces blood glucose levels, increased glucose tolerance in diabetics and non-diabetics.
This improves your professional performance, especially if your work depends on creativity and solving complex problems. Their role in intimate relationships is largely underestimated and what really is the glue of good marriages. Synchronize the speaker’s brains and the listener so that they adapt emotionally.
Laughter establishes – or restores – a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between two people. In fact, some researchers believe that the main function of laughter is to unite people. And all the benefits of laughter can simply be the result of social support that laughter stimulates.
Now there is new evidence that laughter helps the blood vessels work better. It acts on the lining of blood vessels, called endothelium, causing relaxation and expansion of blood vessels, which increases blood flow. In other words, it is good for the heart and brain, two organs that require the constant flow of oxygen carried in the blood.
At this year’s meeting of the American College of Cardiology, Michael Miller, MD, of the University of Maryland reported that in a study of 20 healthy people, causing laughter did as much good in their arteries as aerobic activity. Not recommended for laughing and not exercising. However, he reports that he tries to laugh on a regular basis. The endothelium, he explains, regulates blood flow and adjusts the blood clotting tendency and clots. In addition, a variety of chemicals are segregated in response to injury, infection or irritation. It also plays an important role in the development of cardiovascular diseases.
“The endothelium is the first line in the development of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries,” said Dr. Miller. “Therefore, given the results of our study, it is conceivable that laughter is important to maintain a healthy endothelium, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”
At least, he adds, “laughter contradicts the impact of mental stress, detrimental to the endothelium.”
The researcher can not say with certainty exactly how laughter has its benefits to the heart. This could come from the vigorous movement of the diaphragm muscles like that of rice or grunt. Alternatively, or in addition, laughter can trigger the release of hormones in the brain, such as endorphins that have an effect on the arteries.
It is also possible that laughter increases the levels of nitric oxide in the walls of the arteries. It is known that nitric oxide plays a role in the dilation of the endothelium. “Perhaps mental stress leads to a breakdown of nitric oxide or inhibits a stimulus to produce nitric oxide which results in vasoconstriction.”
Dr. Miller offers a simple recipe that will not fail you and could save your life. “Thirty minutes of exercise three times a week and 15 minutes of laughter on a daily basis is probably good for the vascular system,” he said.