Sunday, September 16, 2012

Laughter is the best medicine !!!!

Laugh ! Laugh ! and Laugh ! 

This is the best mantra to stay fit and live longer and that most of the doctors also would advise you to do every day. Laugh out loud or LOL, remember this phrase. You must have heard of it while chatting with your friends. They say that laughter is the best therapy that can relax your muscles and relieve your stress. In addition, laughter is also good work out for your abdominal muscles and your heart. It is set to be believed that there are 80 muscles that are used when you laugh, which increases the blood pressure and your heart start to beat faster. In a study by German gelotologist, Professor Gunther Sickl, it has been revealed that one-minute of laugh has the same health benefits as a 45-minute gym workout. When the laughter stops, the blood pressure returns to normal and stress hormones are reduced - actually strengthening the immune system. Says Deepak Chopra, “Laughter is definitely a healing experience, and we're not talking metaphorically, we're speaking absolutely literally. Laughter is one of the best medicines you can have”. Often, you laugh when you are happy but interestingly, laughter also makes you feel both happy and healthy. It also releases various stress hormones, such as cortisol, epinephrine, dopamine and growth hormone. Unfortunately, it is believed that as compared to children, adults laugh only a 15 times a day. 

So, the next time you need a workout, just relax and have a hearty laugh – it not only exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs and even works out your shoulders, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles, leaving muscles more relaxed afterward.

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