Giggle for good health!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Giggle for good health!

Although humor itself is difficult to evaluate, the response to humor and laughter can be readily studied. Research has shown that laugher increases the secretion of naturally-inducing feel-good chemicals, such as, catecholamines and endorphins. The response to humor and laughter also decreases cortisol secretion and lowers the sedimentation rate, which implies a stimulated immune response. Oxygenation of the blood increases, and residual air in the lungs decreases. Heart rate initially speeds up, and blood pressure rises; then the arteries relax, causing heart rate and blood pressure to lower. Skin temperature rises as a result of increased peripheral circulation. Thus, laughter appears to have a positive effect on many cardiovascular and respiratory problems. In addition, laughter has superb muscle relaxation qualities. Muscle physiologists have shown that anxiety and muscle relaxation cannot occur at the same time, and that the relaxation response after a hearty laugh can last up to forty-five minutes!!!

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