Laughter therapy is a type of therapy that uses humor and laughter to help relieve pain, stress, and negative emotions. The goal of this practice is to improve the well-being of the individual and can be used to combat a serious illness such as cancer. This therapy may include laughter games and exercises, clowns, comedy movies, etc.
Therapists aim to help people laugh and is available in group or individual sessions, beginning with a warm-up followed by various activities designed to make the person laugh out loud.
Although laughing is not easy for everyone, fortunately our body is not able to differentiate between fake laughter and real laughter, as both have the same beneficial effect.
Laughter therapy is often used as a complementary therapy to therapeutic procedures that incorporate other cognitive, behavioral and emotional techniques and procedures. Currently, there are many variations of this method, but they all have a common denominator, which is laughter.
It is a natural pain reliever, as it increases the secretion of endorphins, substances that work to relieve pain. Laughing has been shown to help us fight stress, promote relaxation and general well-being.
Not only does a sense of humor help make life more fun, but the more we learn to laugh at life and ourselves, the easier it becomes to laugh at negative things.
Laughter has a positive effect on the regulation of the immune system. Basically, when we laugh we will be increasing the production of antibodies and in a particular way activating cytotoxic “T” lymphocytes, which play a fundamental role in preventing tumor formation.
But the benefits of laughter do not end here. Laughter helps us fight stress, promote relaxation and general well-being, relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, and even help us beat insomnia.
– increased blood flow
It has been observed that blood flow can increase by up to 50% while normalizing blood pressure. Heart rate and blood pressure increase significantly when laughing and then drop below average levels after laughter. It may exert cardioprotective effects. Therefore, one of the benefits of laughter therapy is to favor the cardiovascular system.
Another benefit of laughter therapy is to improve respiratory function and increase blood oxygenation.
-strengthening the immune system
Laughter increases the production of gamma interferons, “T” cells and “B” cells, normally blood platelets, which are antibodies made to fight diseases, including cancer.
The increased production of these cells also helps boost the immune system. Laughter inhibits the fight or flight response and turns off various stress-related hormones such as cortisol. You will find other ways to lower cortisol in the following article.
Laughter therapy improves our self-esteem and supports a more optimistic view of reality, which can help us better deal with problematic situations or depressive states.
It also reduces anxiety in people with serious illnesses.
When we laugh, our body releases a large number of neurotransmitters (such as dopamine or endorphins) that stimulate the brain and immune system. The release of endorphins helps to relieve and reduce pain. Learn about other ways to release endorphins and experience how their analgesic effects enhance your well-being.
it helps to sleep
Laughter has a calming effect, it helps us to relax, reduce stress and tension. For this reason, one of the benefits of laughter therapy is that it can help us sleep better, especially in people who suffer from insomnia.
Helps to build and improve social relationships
Laughing is always a practice that attracts people and sometimes laughter can be contagious.
When we laugh we are sending a positive message to the people around us and we tend to favor a more relaxed and relaxed environment. Therefore, another benefit of laughter therapy is to help with communication between people, preventing diseases. Laughter brings people together and strengthens relationships.
Sharing humor is an essential part of an intimate relationship or friendship. In fact, most of the time laughter doesn’t come from listening to jokes or jokes, but only from spending time with friends and family. And it is the social aspect that plays such a big role in the health benefits of laughing. You can’t enjoy laughter with other people unless you take enough time to really connect with them, it prevents conflict and reduces aggression levels.
And there is nothing more beautiful than a shared and entangled laugh between people. She is healthy, resolves conflicts and there is nothing more beautiful than crying with laughter, even with someone who is probably not the closest person in the world.
Reiki Usui, Master of Karuna and Kundalini. Gemotherapist and harmonizer. Specialist in Magnetotherapy. Hebrew pendulum therapist.