Sunday, February 15, 2009
Gelotology-The study of humor and laughter, and the effects they have on one's body.
Research has shown that laughter helps protect the heart.
According to psychologist Steven Sultanoff PhD, "With deep heartfelt laughter, it appears that serum cortisol, which is a hormone that is secreted when we're under stress, is decreased. So when you are having a stress reaction, if you laugh, apparently the cortisol that has been released, during the stress reaction, is reduced.".
Laughter has been shown to improve the bodies tolerance to pain.
Laughter has been shown to boost the body's production of infection fighting anti-bodies, which can prevent hardening of the arteries, stroke, angina, and heart attacks.
A study in Japan shows that laughter lowers blood sugar after a meal and concluded that laughter is good for people with diabetes and "chemical messengers" made during laughter may help the body compensate for the disease.
Laughter improves your sleep.
Laughter is good physical fitness therapy. It has been estimated by scientists that laughing 100 times equals the same physical exertion as a 10 min workout on a rowing machine or 15 min on a stationary bike.
So.....Go ahead............ WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!