It has been proven that laughter helps to treat certain physical and mental diseases by reducing the stress and trauma caused by them, strengthening the immune system, increasing the supply of oxygen as well as improving the overall mental state, which eventually generates a feeling of wellbeing and happiness. It is undoubtedly the “best medicine.”
Though laughter alone can’t cure an ailment, but it provides many physical and mental health benefits to the body, which can be used to treat certain disease conditions like cancer, depression, eczema, insomnia and post traumatic disorders.
Cancer: Having a good laugh can prevent cancer because intense physical or mental stress can weaken our immune system, which is one of the major causes of cancer. Laughter Yoga is an ideal method which induces physiological and biochemical changes in our body, which has an astounding effect on the development of cancer. By incorporating Laughter Yoga along with the conventional cancer treatments, the overall healing process from cancer is greatly increased. It also increases positive thoughts that combat negative thoughts to enhance mental wellbeing, as well as induce physical changes.
Depression: Laughter Yoga is a great way to treat depression as it incorporates deep yoga breathing and playful laughter exercises which help to combat any mental and emotional problems. Laughing in a group improves the mood and provides an increased feeling of belonging, which decreases feelings of alienation, thereby lowering the risk for depression.
Scientific research has also shown that laughter can improve sleep patterns and is an effective treatment for insomnia. Guffawing in the evening or just before going to bed will give you a sound night rest. Laughter Yoga is a great way to even deal with post traumatic disorders (PTSD) as it can uplift your spirit and help vanish negative thoughts.