Laughter is Medicine?-YES AND NO

laughterI love people who make me laugh, when i do not even want to smile!

Laughter is the best medicine. I do not dispute it. However when i see many seniors in a park front of my house each day, laughing their heart out, i am however a bit concerned. Reasons are few and simple.
Laughter is no doubt a good medicine for you, but are you laughing or just yelling your heart out by ha ha ha!

“All laughter is unconscious,” . “You do not chose to laugh the way you chose to speak.” 

Apologies, but shouting out loud for no reason can only cause you more trouble. Laughter should be pleasant and when you feel like laughing out or feeling happy at a joke or a humour of a friend or group. Laughing is also a happy expression watching a funny TV episode, movie or play. Laughing is watching a kid perform funny things and its the innocence and whole heartedness that helps you gain benefits from the act called , Laughing.

Now for a little bit of caution… 
Check the vocal cords!
What are vocal cords?
Vocal cords are two cord-like structures covered by mucous membrane. They are located in the larynx. The mechanism of voice production is complex. Sound is normally generated as air from the lungs passes up between the two vocal cords. The recurrent laryngeal nerve helps to move the vocal cords apart during breathing and brings them together during speaking or singing.

The nerves supply to the vocal cords are call the recurrent laryngeal nerves. These nerves are call re-current because the passed the larynx and reaches the chest before coming back to supply the vocal cords. The reasons lies in the the embryological development when the heart and lungs develops along side the voice box high up in the neck but the lungs and heart drag the nerve with it as the nerve is hooked around the major blood vessel of the heart , the aorta.

Hence you may be pushing bit too much. so be relaxed when you want to enjoy your laugh. 

Experiencing a rare form of epileptic episode called gelastic seizure. The main symptom of a gelastic seizure is uncontrolled laughter. A gelastic seizure, also known as “gelastic epilepsy” is a rare type of seizure that involves a sudden burst of energy, usually in the form of laughing or crying. This syndrome usually occurs for no obvious reason and is uncontrollable.

Sometimes a heart condition called as pleuritic chest pain may occur and one may be mindful of that extra stress that your laughing out loud may cause. Lets see what it is and be careful… when? During any pleuritic chest pain!

What is pleuritic chest pain? — Pleuritic chest pain is a type of sharp, stabbing pain that gets worse when you breathe in and even worse when you take a deep breath. It is often caused by problems with the thin layers of tissue that surround the lungs (called the “pleura”). Pain from the ribs or muscles lying over the ribs can cause a similar chest pain.

What causes pleuritic chest pain? — Pleuritic chest pain can be caused by the following lung problems:

●Pneumothorax – A pneumothorax is when air gets trapped between the lung and the rib cage. This air presses on the lung and causes it to deflate or collapse. Causes of pneumothorax include injuries to the chest, cigarette smoking, and certain lung infections.
●Pleural effusion – Pleural effusion is when fluid builds up in the space between the lung and the rib cage. Causes of pleural effusion include tumors, pneumonia (an infection in the lungs), and blood clots in the lungs.
●Pleuritis – Pleuritis is the medical term for inflammation of the pleura. This can also be called “pleurisy.” The most common cause of pleuritis is infection, but it can also be caused by lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain medicines.
●Empyema – Empyema is the medical term for an infection in the fluid between the lung and the rib cage.
●Pericarditis – Pericarditis is a term for inflammation of the tissues around the heart. Sometimes the pain from pericarditis is similar to pleuritic chest pain.
The defining symptom of pleurisy is a sudden sharp, stabbing, burning or dull pain in the right or left side of the chest during breathing, especially when one inhales and exhales. It feels worse with deep breathing, coughing, sneezing, or laughing.

Nothing to worry there is respite! 

Pneumothorax – Sometimes a pneumothorax will heal on its own. If a pneumothorax is too big to heal on its own, doctors can drain the air in the pneumothorax using a tube (called a chest tube).
●Pneumonia with empyema caused by bacteria – If the pain is caused by a bacterial infection in the fluid around the lung, doctors can treat the infection with antibiotics. Often they also use a chest tube to help drain the infection.
●Blood clot – If the pain is caused by a blood clot, doctors give medicine that dissolves clots or keeps them from getting bigger.
●Medicines – If a medicine is causing pleuritis, doctors might stop or switch the medicine.
●Viral infection – If the pain is not caused by any of the problems listed above, it is probably caused by a viral infection. Viral infections usually go away on their own after a few days or a couple of weeks.

“All laughter is unconscious,” . “You do not chose to laugh the way you chose to speak.”

Stress relief from laughter

A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits 

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects 

Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:

Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.
Improve your sense of humor !

Are you afraid you have an underdeveloped — or nonexistent — sense of humor? No problem. Humor can be learned. In fact, developing or refining your sense of humor may be easier than you think.

Put humor on your horizon. Find a few simple items, such as photos, greeting cards or comic strips, that make you chuckle. Then hang them up at home or in your office. Keep funny movies, books or comedy albums on hand for when you need an added humor boost. Look online at joke websites. Go to a comedy club.

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Find a way to laugh about your own situations and watch your stress begin to fade away. Even if it feels forced at first, practice laughing. It does your body good.

Consider trying laughter yoga. In laughter yoga, people practice laughter as a group. Laughter is forced at first, but it can soon turn into spontaneous laughter.

Share a laugh. Make it a habit to spend time with friends who make you laugh. And then return the favor by sharing funny stories or jokes with those around you.
Knock, knock. Browse through your local bookstore or library’s selection of joke books and get a few rib ticklers in your repertoire that you can share with friends.
Know what isn’t funny. Don’t laugh at the expense of others. Some forms of humor aren’t appropriate. Use your best judgment to discern a good joke from a bad, or hurtful, one.

Laughter is the best medicine 

Go ahead and give it a try. Turn the corners of your mouth up into a smile and then give a laugh, even if it feels a little forced. Once you’ve had your chuckle, take stock of how you’re feeling. Are your muscles a little less tense? Do you feel more relaxed or buoyant? That’s the natural wonder of laughing at work.

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