Laughter- is it REALLY Healthy?
By Olivia Zoolakis
"Laughter is the best medecine"-- Fact or Myth?
Laughter has some negative aspects
Why it’s bad:
1. Weakened resolve
3. Irregular heartbeat
4. Cardiac rupture
5. Inhalation of foreign bodies (e.g. gum drops, popcorn, peppermint bark)
6. Asthma attacks
7. Increased risk for lung collapse
9. Increased chance of spreading infections due to “exhaled airflow”
10. Sudden loss of muscle tone (don’t worry too much about this one – it’s temporary)
13. Protruding hernia
14. Dislocated jaw
Benefits of Laughter
Laughter helps to relieve stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.
With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.