Laughter - the best prescription for good health

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Medical evidence proves laughter helps in coping with mental and physical ailments. 
 
It’s true! Increasing medical evidence has proved that laughter is a strong medicine that triggers healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use. And you can take it as many times in a day you want, before and/or after meals. But be warned that although laughter does not have any adverse side effects – it can be highly contagious!  
 
 
Experts say laughter strengthens our immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects us from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring our mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humour lightens our burdens, inspires hope, connects us to others, and keeps us grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps us to release anger and forgive sooner.
 
With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing our relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. 
 
By seeking out more opportunities for humour and laughter, we can improve our emotional health, strengthen our relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to our life.
 
Proof backed by medical evidence has shown that laughter is not only good for our health it also relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving our muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
 
A good laugh boosts the immune system and can help decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving our resistance to disease.
 
Medical evidence has proved that laughter triggers the release of endorphins  - the body’s natural feel-good chemicals and endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. And also the fact that a good dose of humour protects the heart and improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
 
Laughing rightly and heartily can help burn calories although it is no replacement for going to the gym, but one study has found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calorie which could be enough to lose three or four pounds, over the course of a year.
 
Humour lightens anger’s heavy load and helps diffuses anger and conflict faster. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable us to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment. 
 
According to a study in Norway, laughter may even help you to live longer as research has proved people who had a strong sense of humor outlived those who did not laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer!
 
Laughter helps us stay mentally healthy and makes us feel good. And this positive feeling remains with us even after the laughter subsides. Humour helps us keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss. More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives us the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh – or even simply a smile – can go a long way toward making you feel better. And laughter really is contagious — just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in the fun.
 
There is also a direct link between laughter and mental health as it also helps in decreasing distressing emotions and we cannot feel anxious, angry, or sad when we are laughing. Laughter helps us relax and recharge and reduces stress and increases energy, enabling us to stay focused and accomplish more.
 
A real good sense of humour helps us shift perspective, allowing us to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help us avoid feeling overwhelmed and diffuse conflict.
 
So the next time you feel down and out do try out this free medicine with absolutely no bad side effects. And for those of us in in the amazing capital city of Qatar – we should all learn to DO HA ... ha ha ha !

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