A good laugh and its numerous health benefits!!

''Humanity has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand''. — Mark Twain

It is the laughter that makes the vast difference between humans  and other living things on this planet. Being a human if you are either poker-faced or Janus-faced and lacks the ability to laugh, you are dubbed as an animal. It is the ability of a good speaker who knows how to lace his speech with laughter here and there  makes him stand apart and his speech is well listened to.  ''Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine'', said  Lord Byron. A good laugh is like a morning sunshine, like a baby in the house that keeps people  there agog. In a gloomy house, the laughter brings in positive thoughts and motivate the people. Ms. Phyllis Diller. famous US comedienne in the 1970s and 1980s said: ''A smile is a curve that sets everything straight''.  Unlike smile, grin, and chuckle, laughter comes  from the  soul deep in us and as it overflows, it lights up surroundings and makes the people around us happy and cheerful.

Health Benefits of Laughter:

01. A good laugh helps you relax and consequently it  lowers your blood pressure. It increases your oxygen intake and you won't get fatigued quickly. This improves your overall breathing capacity

02. When mistakes do creep in, take it easy and learn to laugh at your mistakes. This way you avoid a stressful situation.

03. Where there is laughter, disputes, conflicts of interest and enmity will be at a distance. It also drives away your anger, nervousness  and frustrations.

04. A total of 15 mts laughter a day gives you the same  benefits as getting two hours sleep. Both your lungs and heart get stimulated during laughing. 

05. Hormone cortisol in our body tends to suppress the immune system. Laughter, by way of lowering cortisol, makes the immune system work properly.

06. We are never  free from fear, anxiety and stress in our modern life. Laughter acts as an outlet and helps us get rid of these unhealthy stuff. 

07. University of Chicago did a study on the effects of laughter on humans and found out: People with a sense of humor  can add up to 8 years to their longevity. Is it not amazing ? 

08. Body's natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins get energized by laughter. It means body and mind are in good shape and you think and work  well.

09.  Laughter has a tendency to bind people together and  promotes happiness and intimacy among them. The added advantage is  it improves your mood and the mood of those around you.

10. Laughter  boosts you confidence level and  trust in you. When you feel good about yourself, it improves tour stature and you gain better self-esteem.

11. Laughter improves your eye-to-eye contact with people and this way you feel at home with people around you.  

 As Victor Hugo said, ''Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.'', it adds aura to those who give a good laugh, relegating their negativity to the back.  Dr. Stanley Tan, Endocrinologist at California’s Loma Linda University Medical Center states: “All these neuro-hormones act like an orchestra, each instrument makes a particular note. Laughter makes the entire orchestra more melodious or balanced. In other words, laughter brings to all the components of the immune system.”

So never fail to read about the rich and famous, politicians and people with royal blood. They will never disappoint you with their antics, blatant lies, gaffes and odd behaviour. This way you can reduce your trips to the doctor's clinic.