Laughter IS the Best Medicine

Why does a chicken coup have two doors? If it had four doors it would be a chicken sedan!

Hopefully you got a laugh or at least a chuckle out of this one because we could all stand to have more laughter in our lives. Where life is often hard and stressful, laughter offers an escape from that stress. Not only is laughter good for the soul it is good for the body as well.

There are many benefits to laughter and it should be sought out regularly. Laughing relaxes blood vessel walls, reduces blood pressure and improves overall blood flow. In fact, a good laugh can improve blood flow by 20%.

Laughing also reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin and puts the mind and body into a more relaxed state. When the mind is relaxed it is more creative and memory is improved. When you react to something funny, you engage the whole brain. Less than a half-second after exposure to something funny an electrical wave moves through the higher brain functions of the cerebral cortex. The left hemisphere analyzes the words and structures of the joke; the right hemisphere “gets” the joke; the visual sensory area of the occipital lobe creates images; the limbic (emotional) system makes you happier; and the motor sections make you smile or laugh.

A relaxed body has a stronger, more efficient immune system and is in more of a healing state. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughter has the ability to wipe away your troubles, even if for just a moment. It is an escape from physical and emotional pain. In the moment of laughter, everything else melts away. I find that even though my troubles don’t go away, if I can laugh I am better equipped to deal with any challenges that I may have. You may want to give it a try; it is guaranteed to brighten your day!

One more joke for the road…

What did the snail say when he was riding on the turtle’s back?
Weeeeeeeee

Dr. Buchan and Dr. McComb are board certified doctors of chiropractic and owners of Kingwood Chiropractic Associates. They have extensive education and training in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, applied clinical nutrition and acupuncture. They are committed to helping you and your families obtain the information which is essential to achieve health and wellness, and through that process empower you to make decisions that will lead to fulfillment of your goals and a life of greater potential. For more information on methods of improving your health, go to www.kingwoodchiro.com.