Laughter Therapy: Nothing Funny About It

By Mindy Longhurst

adorable-black-and-white-blur-260175They say that laughter is the best medicine. Could there be some truth to this phrase? Laughter therapy is a form of therapeutic recreation that benefits the soul, body and mind.

Laughter is good for the soul

Laughter helps to relive stress and reduces the amount of cortisol and adrenaline (stress hormones) in your body.

Laughter is good for the body

Laughter allows your diaphragm to expand and works the abdominal muscles. Laughter may also help with stimulating the heart and lungs, relieving pain, balancing blood pressure and relaxing muscles throughout your body. To top it off, you can even burn calories when you laugh!

Laughter is good for the mind

Laughter helps with mental health. Laughter causes endorphins to be released bringing happiness. Also, laughter helps to improve alertness, memory and creativity. 

brick-wall-close-up-colors-1115680Great for senior citizens

Laughter therapy is especially helpful for senior citizens. The exercise of the abdomen muscles and the positive mental aspects helps them to feel better. Laughing with other people can increase feelings of friendship and closeness.

You can start at home

If you want to start laughter therapy, you can get started at home. You can practice laughing and can watch comedic movies, videos and television shows.

Join a group near you

Some medical hospitals have laughter therapy classes. Check to see if there are any classes in your local area.

For more information about laughter therapy, please visit https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/laughter-therapy and https://www.cancercenter.com/treatments/laughter-therapy/

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