Volume 2 No. 4
and welcome to another issue of InnerTalk® InTouch®.
Hi Everyone, I am Mandy Swinburne (Mands).
am not sure about everyone else, but I have definitely had enough of
winter and I am so looking forward to spring and all that it brings.
Sunshine, green grass, flowers and that fresh clean smell just after
Laughing together is a very natural way of strengthening the bonds of a relationship. Laughter brings us out of ourselves, and can also provide the human contact we need in order to survive. Laughter has some other amazing benefits - both physical and psychological. When we laugh we draw more air in and out of our lungs than when breathing normally, so laughter can push more oxygen into the bloodstream, stimulating the circulation. Our heart rate often goes up at the same time, helping the process. Studies of blood samples taken from people while they were laughing indicate higher levels of the 'arousal' hormones - you can actually experience a type of adrenaline rush. Your physical senses actually become aroused and as a result you can be mentally sharper afterwards. When we laugh we experience a burst of activity followed by a period of relaxation, thereby releasing tension from the muscles. The alternating cycles of activity and calm created by laughter stop the build up of physical stress and tension brought about by daily problems.
The mental benefits relate more to having a sense of humor - seeing a problem as funny or laughing at yourself can break the overwhelming sense of tension that often goes with a seemingly insurmountable problem. Where once you felt intimidated, afterwards things suddenly become more manageable. Psychologists regard humor as a vital way of dealing with day-to-day problems. I read a report recently where Psychologists in the UK are working with local librarians to find books for their patients to read - books that are inspiring, motivating and most of all funny. They have found that if they can get their patients to laugh, their depression and anxiety levels are eased.
"Norman Cousins writes in The Anatomy of an Illness that he healed himself of a terminal illness using positive self-talk and laughter. Mr. Cousins learned he was terminally ill with cancer. "How could this be," he questioned. He had always been careful with his health. Finally his physician suggested that the illness might have taken a foothold because of the stress and negative emotions in Cousin's life. The answer was obvious to Norman Cousins. If negative feelings could produce disease, than positive emotions would cure the dis-ease. He therefore systematically obtained every funny film available - Old Laurel and Hardy movies had Mr. Cousins laughing away most of the day. It wasn't long, and laughter had healed. Norman Cousins left the hospital to share his experience with everyone." (extracted from Eldon's book "Wellness: Just A State Of Mind?)
Laughter helps to promote and sustain mental good health - and from the research, physical health as well. People with a well-developed sense of fun usually have fewer emotional problems. Laughter on the surface is a sign of something deeper and more significant - it reflects how we view the world, it makes us feel better and can even help us to live longer.
Find something to laugh about... and you will automatically feel better.
Have a wonderful day.
Love, Light and Laughter to You and Yours.
To your best Mands
My kids have been helping me to come up with ideas to make "stress balls"
and a really simple way is to get a balloon, fill it with rice using
a funnel, tie off the balloon and scrunch it in your hand. Jesse my
5 year old, used some biscuit dough - although I much prefer eating
the peanut butter biscuits.
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