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Laughter Is the Master Of ALL Medicine

By: Bonnie W On: Wednesday, August 04, 2010
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  • What are your thoughts on laughter and what types of things make you laugh the most? I'd love to hear from you. Even if you have a funny story or something that you wish to share. I'd be most happy to post it here with your permission. Or just share your views of laughter and humor. We need more of it (I think) because it's so vital to our lives.

    I've heard somewhere before that human beings are the only species that are capable of laughter, but I recently heard that laughter is believed to have evolved from our ancient primate ancestors "panting behavior". Instead of laughing like humans, apes pant when tickled or play socially.

    Other animals make different sounds when playing, but they are so different that it's difficult to equate them with laughter like humans. For instance, rats make high-pitched vocal sounds when playing or tickled.

    On average, most adults laugh about 17 times per day. Children laugh more because they play more.

    Everyone laughs, yet not all of us find the same things to be funny. Additionally, we find different things to be humorous at different stages of our life.

    Laughing 100 times is equivalent to a 10 minute work out on a rowing machine, or 15 minutes on an exercise bike according to scientific studies.Laughter can benefit us physically, psychologically and physiologically.

    Laughing not only exercises our facial muscles, it also exercises the abdomen, respiratory, diaphragm, leg and back muscles. It's the easiest form of exercise there is.

    Laughter also benefits us by reducing stress levels, lowering blood pressure, providing a coping mechanism for handling undesirable situations, promotes healing, increases vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood and it improves our metal health overall.

    We can't just simply make a decision to laugh, laughter happens unconsciously. Laughter is hard to fake; even though we can consciously inhibit it, it's not as if we consciously produce it.

    We laugh when we hear sounds of laughter because it's also very contagious.

    We find jokes to be funny for many of different reasons. Sometimes they make us feel superior to others, they can reduce anxiety-provoking situations, but the most popular theory is due to of incongruity; when we are surprised at the end.

    May you laugh lots, live happily, stay healthy and enjoy life always. :0)

    P.S. Don't forget to share some of your thoughts if you don't mind please. Just leave a comment here. Thanks so much.

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