Conventional statement "Laughter prolongs life" is under a quite serious scientific basis. This convinced the French neurologist, Henri Rubenstein, many years studying the effect of laughter on physical and psychological health.
A positive impact on the life expectancy of laughter wrote more ancient thinkers. Later, during the Middle Ages, people laugh at were not made for cultural and religious reasons. Laughter was associated with the machinations of the devil. But it is impossible to forbid people to laugh, because this is a reaction of the body, which sometimes can not be controlled.
Explore the laughter from a scientific point of view began only at the beginning of the XX century. A first case of successful treatment smehoterapii was registered in 1964. American journalist Norman Cousins was suffering from a rare and very severe inflammation of the joints. The disease struck the entire skeletal system. The doctors could not help him. With the consent of your doctor Norman was discharged from the hospital, I took off in the hotel room for three weeks and all this time without stopping watching a comedy. He never ceased to laugh, and recovered.
joint mobility restored, Norman was able to return to work and even play tennis. His miraculous healing Cousins dedicated his book. There was a separate science about the benefits of laughter - gelotologiya. Norman Cousins, who was nicknamed "the man, laughing death", even lectured at the Medical University, although he was not a doctor.
Laughter affects the body in three ways. Firstly, it gives a load on the muscles. In this regard, the laughter can be called a pleasant gymnastics or compare with a short jog jogging. Along the way, laughter stimulates the digestive system. When we laugh, we tighten the abdominal muscles, followed by intestinal smooth muscles tightened. As a result, it improves peristalsis.
Secondly, laughter involves the respiratory system. He provokes spasmodic breathing, similar to that practiced yoga: inhalation, retention, and then a series of short breaths. Such breathing causes emotional relaxation. Light is completely exempt from the air, the gas exchange is accelerated. This helps to reduce cholesterol and normalize pressure.
Finally, the third way - psycho-emotional: when we laugh, the brain produces more endorphins (happy hormones) that relieve pain and stress, and more neurotransmitters are responsible for good mood, good spirits, memory and sleep. It is believed that patients who are treated with laughter therapy, take 30% less painkillers.
Laughter - the most important, the nature of our defense mechanism against stress. According to evolutionary theory, any reflex helps in the preservation of the species. Of all the living beings on the Earth only man can laugh. Perhaps that laughter helped us survive. And it helps so far.
Laughter helps to find a common language with strangers and become his in the new team. Many business consultants advise their clients to prepare specifically relevant jokes for difficult negotiations. Ability in time to defuse the situation competently features. To those who know how to laugh and genuinely laugh, people quickly penetrate confidence. Laughter brings together, unites and relieves stress. Psychologically difficult to argue with the person with whom you are together a good laugh.
In addition, in order laughter - this is a way to resist the circumstances, it is easier to experience moments of crisis. It has long been observed that when there was a decline in the economy and the standard of living is declining, rating sitcoms growing. And to watch them, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Laughter - the most affordable medication and depression, and some diseases.