Laughter for Fibromyalgia Relief
The therapeutic value of laughter has been widely accepted all over the world by major television and newspaper groups such as National Geographic, The Wall Stress Journal and Los Angeles Times. It also flashed on BBC, NHK (Japan), Star TV, and ABC News in the United States has featured stories on the subject. Laughter is a crucial healing component for sufferers of FIBROMYALGIA and CHRONIC FATIGUE.
Most research is on laughter and not humor, laughter of course is a physiological response to humor. Research has presented the following conclusions:
? Laughter reduces a hormone released during the stress response.
? Laughter increases an antibody that helps fight upper respiratory diseases.
? Laughter increases one’s tolerance to pain.
? Laughter increases one’s heart rate, pulse rate, and “juggles” the internal organs.
Voltaire recognized long ago that laughter is good for you, especially to overcome Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. You have probably noticed that you simply feel better after a good laugh. The problem is that laughter usually diappears when you need it the most. But if you manage to bring your sense of humor to your daily conflicts, relationships, health or financial problems, you will go a long way toward improving the quality of your life; boosting your physical health and well-being. Every year, there is more evidence that your thoughts, moods, emotions, and belief system have a fundamental impact on the body’s basic health and healing mechanisms.
Whether or not you get sick depends on your body’s ability to fight off infection and disease. In 1980 (prior to the discovery of the AIDS virus), the departing editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Franz Ingelfinger, estimated that 85% of all human illnesses are curable by the body’s own healing system. We now know that building a positive focus in your life plays an important role in supporting the body’s ability to do this.
The body’s healing system responds favorably to positive attitudes, thoughts, moods, and emotions (love, hope, optimism, caring, intimacy, joy, laughter and humor), and negatively to negative ones (hate, hopelessness, pessimism, indifference, anxiety, depression and loneliness). So you want to organize your life to maintain as positive a focus as possible.
The Key to the Mind’s Influence on Health
Candace Pert noted in Bill Moyers’ “Healing and the Mind” television series (and in her book, The Molecules of Emotion) that emotions, registered and stored in the body in the form of chemical messages, are the the key to the health connection between the mind and body. It is through the emotions you experience in connection with your thoughts and daily attitudes, through the neurochemical changes that accompany these emotions, that your mind acquires the power to influence whether you get sick or remain well.
Most people are unable to realize their true nature of bliss. Today, life is very stressful and stress related diseases are on the rise, especially fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. The majority of illnesses, especially sufferers of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, have some relation to stress. Some of the modern life stress related diseases are: high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, nervous breakdowns, heart disease, cancer and low immunity. Research indicates that children smile or laugh 400 times per day, adults smile or laugh less than 15 times per day and think negative ideas three quarters of the times. There are a number of relaxation techniques such as jogging, walking, yoga, meditation and massage; but the unique kind of relaxation and the feeling of joy that is experienced while laughing is unparalleled. Laughter harmonizes all sense organs in a moment of total concentration, therefore facilitating the relaxation and healing process of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
Creating a sense of well being and freshness.
Controlling high blood pressure and heart disease, strengthening the immune system and increasing the natural killer lymphocytes.
Working as a natural pain killer by increasing the levels of endorphins (white cells) in our bodies.
Improving lung capacity and oxygen levels in the blood, great exercise for bronchitis and asthma sufferers.
Allowing better control over speech, great for actors and singers.
Helping to develop personality and leadership qualities, improving interpersonal relationships and self confidence.
Reduced snoring as laughter is very good for the muscles of the soft palate and throat.
To find out more about Laughter Clubs in your area please contact:
Dr. Kataria of Laughter Club International, http://laughteryoga.org