4 Positive Affects Of Laughter
Did you know that laughter can be as good for you as a workout? William Fry a pioneer in laughter research claimed it took ten minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter. And isn't laughter more fun than working out? Here are 4 effects of laughter on the body:
- 1. Blood flow. In a study of the effects that watching either a comedy or a drama the blood vessels of the group who watched the comedy behaved normally -- expanding and contracting easily. But the blood vessels in people who watched the drama tended to tense up, restricting blood flow.
- 2. Blood sugar levels. On a study of 19 people with diabetes to evaluate the effects of laughter on blood sugar levels. After eating, the group attended a long dull lecture. On the next day, the group ate the same meal and then watched a comedy. After the comedy, the group had lower blood sugar levels than they did after the lecture.
- 3. Immune response. Studies have shown that the ability to use humor may raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body and boost the levels of immune cells, as well.
- 4. Relaxation and sleep. The focus on the benefits of laughter really began with Norman Cousin's memoir, Anatomy of an Illness. Cousins was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a painful spine condition, found that a diet of comedies, like Marx Brothers films and episodes of Candid Camera, helped him feel better. He said that ten minutes of laughter allowed him two hours of pain-free sleep.
This blog will try to provide something that can give you a hearty laugh every few days.