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Humour and Health

International research has proven that humour, smiles, and laughter can reduce muscle tensions and increase the hormones produced naturally in the body, which leads to anti-inflammatory and stress-reducing effects.

 

 

The process of laughter strengthens the immune system, as laughter causes the production of more natural killer cells and helper T cells that are vital to the elimination of viruses and damaged cells in the body.

In addition to this, laughter has been proven to:

  • Protect the heart through reducing the production of cortisol - the stress hormone
  • Attack; laughter activates the healthy immune system cells as a protection against damaged cells, and increases blood cell production to protect against infections [Berk 1994, 1996]
  • Support physical regeneration to protect against “Burn out” [Koestler 1990]
  • Increase the production of endorphins against chronic lack of interest in life [Fry 1989]
  • Lower blood pressure which protects against future arterial problems [Titze 1996]
  • Expand the bronchial tubes which protects against shallow breathing and mucus production; and lowers cholesterol and protects against chronic extreme dieting [Rubinstein 1985]
  • Increase self healing powers against chronic illnesses [Cousins 1996]
  •  Possibly increase your own healing powers “because not all illnesses are genetic” [McGhee 1979]
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