Why does laughter work?
It gets you breathing! Fifteen minutes of continuous laughter can give a similar euphoria to a “runner’s high.” Scientific studies have proven that 10-15 minutes of continuous laughter reaps health benefits from immediate to long-term.
Norman Cousins (an American journalist and author) healed himself from several acute illnesses using laughter.
"I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep," he reported.
More scientific studies proving laughter was good medicine:
1. Stanford University (by Dr. William F. Fry, psychiatrist) showed that even faked laughter reaped health benefits.
2. Loma Linda University Medical Center (California) by Dr. Lee Berk, Ph.D. found that the group of heart patients who laughed improved on all levels.
3. Dr. Hunter (Patch) Adams, M.D. inspired hospitals to recognize that “healing should be a loving human interchange not a business transaction.” He inspired that clowns be allowed in hospitals as therapy.
4. Dr. Madan Kataria, M.D. (a medical doctor in India) was writing an article “Laughter-The Best Medicine” and as part of his research started what is now called Laughter Yoga. What began as a group of five people in a park in Mumbai in 1995 has swiftly evolved into thousands of Laughter Yoga Clubs in over 65 counties.
5. Dr. Kataria and his wife (Madhuri Kataria, co-founder of Laughter Yoga) both were yoga practitioners and noticed the similarities between laughing and yoga exercises, both get the body moving and breathing more deeply.
What we are thinking is like the steering wheel to our moods. You don’t even have to believe something for it still to make you feel bad. Therefore, saying "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha" stops the negative thinking. Even better, if you say it while grinning, you will soon feel much better!