I wrote this a few year back but given the new pressures of our crazy US economy I though I should repost it.
It appears laughter is strong medicine. Really.
Did you know that when you laugh, you not only exercise almost all of the 53 facial muscles; you also spark a series of chemical reactions within the body? No one knows exactly what process takes place, but studies show definite benefits:
Levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, are reduced. This leads to a strengthened immune system and lower blood pressure.
You mean I’m taking Norvasc every day to control my blood pressure and all I needed was a tickle?
My friend is an advocate of natural health. While I am not ready to give up the Norvasc just yet a twice-a-day tickle therapy seems to help…although using this method may drive your neighbors crazy listening to uncontrolled laughter. I am definitely less stressed out since employing tickle therapy.
Stress is also associated with damage to the protective barrier lining our blood vessels. This can cause fat and cholesterol to build-up in the arteries and could ultimately lead to a heart attack.
So laughing is even thought to help protect the heart.
Endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, are released when we laugh, producing a general sense of well being.
The conscious thought process is bypassed – it’s like taking a weight off the mind! Hmmm…Sounds a little like hemp!
The reduction of stress-related hormones has also been linked to enhanced creativity and beneficial effects on conditions as diverse as insomnia, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Everyone in Tokyo is so stressed out and serious…maybe they could employ a bit of “tickle” therapy! So the next time you are crammed in the subway next to some stressed out salary man…give him a little goose and see what happens.
Look at this shot…no wonder Tokyo makes me stressed. The conductors are actually pushing the passengers into the packed train! At least they are wear clean white gloves.