Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life) : Step Six

by Chiropractors Brighton on September 15, 2009

Fox StudiosLife has a habit of taking our joy away – if we let it!!

The Bible says – Proverbs 17:22 “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine”.

An article in The Birmingham News, titled Laughter: Prescription for Health, said, the LATEST medical evidence reveals that, “At some point during laughter, your body issues A PRESCRIPTION from the pharmacy in your brain.”

How did the writer of Proverbs know that 3000 years ago??

Scientists today are only just beginning to accept, what the wise men of old all ready knew to be true and have coined their research psychoneuroimmunology.

This weeks Ridiculously Simple Step To Transform Your Health (and Life) involves using what is available to everyone of us– every day – Laughter, our best medicine and maybe even our best friend.

It is so easy to get drawn into the stress of every day living and forget about the joy in life.

A Harvard study in the seventies discovered that chemicals produced by the brain vary with our emotions. The results of this study point to the simple fact that our immune system is listening to our self talk. How we think is how we feel. Exciting possibilities -  thinking young, to stay young. Everyone is looking for the fountain of youth but it is actually within us.  Laughter is perhaps the best anti ageing remedy there is – and it’s completely free!!  The mind tells the body what to do, how to act, what cells need replacing, when to speed up, when to slow down, when to heat up, when to cool down we can even influence which hormones will be produced in our own personal drug factory by deciding on our emotions.

In fact everything that happens in the small world of our own body is controlled and co-ordinated from our brain.

Dr. Norman Cousins in his book Anatomy of an Illness described how watching Marx Brother movies helped him recover from ankylosing spondylitis, the degenerative disease which causes the breakdown of collagen – the fibrous tissue that binds together the body’s cells. Almost completely paralyzed, given only a few months to live, Cousins checked himself out of the hospital and moved into a hotel room and began taking extremely high doses of vitamin C and also exposed himself to equally high doses of humour. Slowly Norman regained use of his limbs. As his condition steadily improved over the following months, Cousins resumed his busy life, eventually returning to work full-time at the Saturday Review. Cousins details his journey in “Anatomy of an Illness.”

“Is it possible,” he wondered, “that love, hope, faith, laughter and confidence and the will to live could have therapeutic value?” Cousins made it a point to enjoy a hearty belly laugh several times a day. A few minutes of laughter gave him an hour or more of pain-free sleep. He also discovered that laughter was an antidote to apprehension and panic.

Medical studies show that laughter boosts levels of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and suppresses levels of epinephrine, the stress hormone. It also helps to eliminate toxins from the body.

According to Arnold Glasgow, “Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.”

In an ABC television interview, Professor Lee Berk, who has studied laughter and medicine for the past eighteen years, explained that laughter increased the Natural Killer Cell activity, the cells that destroy viruses and tumors. Laughter increased disease-fighting proteins – B-cells, the source of a disease-destroying antibody, and T-cells which help cellular immune response. You are the master of your immune system.

Do we need any further reason to introduce our Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life) – remembering to laugh every day!

Some further reasons : because we actually use large numbers of muscles while laughing as well as improving our physical, mental and emotional state by reducing our levels of stress hormones. This all leads to a stronger immune system and increases our threshold for pain. A good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs and even works out the shoulders. It also exercises the lungs and circulatory system and increases the amount of oxygen in the blood – it provides a good workout for the heart and massages many other vital organs as well – does it get better than this – just by laughing?

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Wendy Halsted September 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I love these ridiculously small steps, Because they’re small I know I can open the email/ go on to the website, and really only take a minute for an inspirational read- and look forward to finding out what’s the next one each week, and putting it into action- ( The smaller portions on a small plate so it looks more is a great one- though, for anyone who has difficulties eating, it might be pointed out that they could do the opposite?!- It’s what I do to help myself eat porridge in the morning when I don’t feel like eating but know it’s good for me!)
Such a fab idea- Thanks!


Chiropractors Brighton September 23, 2009 at 7:21 am

Hi Wendy,
Thankyou for taking the time to share your thoughts about our Ridiculously Small Steps to Improve Your Health (and Life). We are glad you have had a lot of pleasure from them. Please feel free to share them with your friends and family (and work mates).
With so much gloom and doom and bad press around we are trying to spread a little positivity and gladness.

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