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How Humour heals?
One way that humour can help to heal is that it literally changes our outlook on life. As we laugh, we have trouble seeing life's difficulties the same way. Suddenly, our problems don't seem quite as bad. Humour allows one to distance him/herself from a painful physical or medical situation while also acknowledging that he or she is in such a situation. This change in perspective is a powerful healing force. Distancing yourself from a distressing situation allows you to view certain circumstances from a more objective perspective, and this can help you extract powerful emotions that focus on your pain or sorrow. In doing this, you do not reject the painful circumstances surrounding you, but acknowledge the reality of your situation the good with the bad. Recent mental health studies have shown that laughter can stimulate areas of the brain that release endorphins, helping us to see our situation more clearly. The benefits of humour, though, aren't all mental. Hu mour triggers laughter. According to physiological studies, the laughter, in turn, stimulates our cardiovascular systems by increasing the rate at which the heart beats and contracting the muscles. In fact, one study suggested that laughing one hundred tim es per day is the equivalent of spending ten minutes on a rowing machine. Humor is like gratitude in that it nurtures optimism, and Dan Baker writes this in ³What Happy People Know´: [Appreciation] is the first and most fundamental happiness tool. « Research now shows it is physiologically impossible to be in a state of appreciation and a state of fear at the same time. Thus, appreciation is the antidote to fear. So if humour can change a perspective on a painful memory of the past or a gnawing issue of the present into opportunities to laugh at the inherent craziness of life at times, then a person can better facilitate his own healing.
the interesting healing powers of humour are still being studied by many scientists .One study went so far as to suggest that the benefits of laughter reach far beyond our body system. epinephrine (adrenaline)." That makes quite a case of the adage "A barrel of laughs a day keeps the doctor away. and B-cells .humour clearly heals the spirit . natural killer cells that destroy cancer cells increase. So. in the words of the great Han Solo. Seeing the humour in our painful or emotional situations can free us from the chains we have built around ourselves. T -cells . Blood levels showed that the stress hormones were reduced 39. fuzzball. 70." .a part of every one of us which is often neglected by medicine and sci ence.which can cause obstructions in arteries. conducted a similar study recently to see if the anticipation of laughter that was shown to boost immune systems could also reduce the levels of three stress hormones: cortisol (³the stress hormone´).a disease-fighting protein." said one researcher. Though medically. The healing power o f humour is wide-ranging in scope and situation. and raise blood pressure. and 38 percent respectively. as does the level of Gamma -interferon . helping us to recognize that life is more than anger or pain or sorrow. "When we're laughing. which defends against infectious organisms entering through the respiratory tract so it helps us to resist colds and viruses. and dopac. researchers suggest that anticipating a positive event can reduce detrimental stress hormones. a dopamine catabolite (brain chemical which helps produce epinephrine). "Laughter reduces levels of certain stress hormones which suppress the immune system.which make disease-destroying antibodies. "Laugh it up. who were assigned to either the control group or the experiment group (those anticipating a humorous event)." The research team at Loma Linda. California. Laughter may also increase the concentration of salivary immunoglobulin A. increase the number of blood platelets . but that it is full of humour and the contagious sound of lau ghter. Therefore. They studied 16 fasting males.a major part of the immune system.