To laugh is to start healing !
To laugh, to split your sides, to be rolling around the floor, to slap your thighs, to burst into laughter, to be bent double, to be helpless with laughter ; life’s best medicine !
It is a well-known fact. Laughter calms, soothes, treats and heals.
And that’s without going into stress at work, freak weather, the kids from upstairs driving their tricycles incessantly around above our heads or the mega buck salaries received by company directors.
With that in mind, why should we be surprised that sickness and health insurance costs increase ?
Some claim that laughter actively promotes healing. From a physiological point of view, it releases endorphins which have pain-relieving, calming or euphoric properties. It increases oxygen absorption, reduces blood pressure, massages the gut (and in doing so improves the function of the liver and intestines) and relaxes muscles. And that’s just a start !
Some, including eminent doctors, even organise laughter seminars and there are more and more clowns in hospitals. Neurologists even claim to have found the section of the brain used in laughter and can envisage its stimulation to trigger artificial hilarity !
What’s more, laughter is contagious. I will erect a statue to the fist researcher who can put it into tablet form. We could then dish it out five-fold to : the sick, politicians, global decision makers, dictators and all those who take themselves too seriously. And the world would, without doubt, turn more easily.
The power of a smile
A smile costs nothing but gives so much.
A smiling epidemic
A smile is infectious and can be caught like a cold.