Tomorrow is World Laughter Day. With all India is going through at the present moment, it seems almost sacrilegious to even consider laughter as an option. I only have to go through my Twitter feed to know of the trauma, the loss, and the sense of utter helplessness that people are going through. Yet, laughter is recommended – to keep our sanity – a pressure valve, to provide relief from the deep sorrow that has engulfed us. I’m not too keen on slapstick comedy and after a while all comedians wear thin, so I watch videos of funny animals to laugh. (100 words)
Some enlightened doctors, nurses and therapists have a prescription for helping all of us to get through this seemingly never-ending pandemic: Try a little laughter.
Humor is not just a distraction from the grim reality of the crisis, said Dr. Michael Miller, a cardiologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. It’s a winning strategy to stay healthy in the face of it.
“Heightened stress magnifies the risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and strokes,” Dr. Miller said. “Having a good sense of humor is an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety and bring back a sense of normalcy during these turbulent times.”
Laughter releases nitric oxide, a chemical that relaxes blood vessels, reduces blood pressure and decreases clotting, Dr. Miller said. An epidemiological study of older men and women in Japan confirmed that those who tend to laugh more have a lower risk of major cardiovascular illness. Possessing a healthy sense of humor is also associated with living longer, an epidemiological study from Norway reported, although the correlation appears to be stronger for women than for men.Laughter May Be Effective Medicine for These Trying Times, NY Times
I’m glad that there’s a day dedicated to laughter – we often get so caught up with the mundane that we forget to take the time to laugh! 😉
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