Thursday, 12 December 2013

HO HO HO - Laughter is like a Medicine

Merry Christmas

It is Christmas time and we often hear Father Christmas saying 'Ho HO HO'....
Let me tell you something very interesting about laughing and being happy. Laughter stimulate our immune system, boosts our serotonin (feel good hormone). and is very good for our health.

I love it when modern Science proves the Bible is right. 
The Bible says;

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:21-22
 Do not be sad for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:9-11

A well known researcher in this area of “the science of happiness” was Norman Cousins, who in 1964 was diagnosed with a life-threatening autoimmune disease. After being given a one in 500 chance of recovery, Cousins created his own laughter therapy program, which he claims was the key to his ultimate recovery.
Cousins founded the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology and his book, Anatomy of an Illness, was made into a TV movie in 1984

Your Brain Is Connected to Your Immune System

According to studies done in the 1980s and early 1990s - it revealed that your immune system and brain are actually wired together:

“Portions of the nervous system connect with immune-related organs such as the thymus and bone marrow, and immune cells have receptors for neurotransmitters, suggesting that there is crosstalk.”
On the other hand the Bible is also proven right when it tells us; 'But a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:21-22'

The evidence that stress, worry and anxiety is very harmful to your health is undisputed.
The bible teaches and encourages us to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  Philippians 4: 5-7)

[ Do Not Worry ] “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? ... Mathew 6:24-34

There are many studies supporting the belief that people with an upbeat and positive perspective tend to be healthier and enjoy longer lives. Those people who have the tendency to always expect the worst was linked to a 25 percent higher risk of dying before the age of 65 (2). You would say these people have anxiety and stress issues.

  • I also believe that factors such as diet and exercise can play a significant role. It’s hard to feel happy when you’re not feeling well physically.
  • It reminds me of one of my old Bob Marley songs - 'Don't worry be happy'

My Christmas tip is to have more Ho Ho HO and be Happy, don't worry or stress. Enjoy Christmas for what it is; the Birth of our Savior - the Lord Jesus Christ. Now that is something to be happy about.

If you are worried about getting too thin this Christmas AVOID the salad tray: In fact, if you see any salad, go straight to the Christmas pudding.

They are sure to fatten you up. Ho Ho Ho ( once a year attempt of humour)

Merry Christmas 
Philip Bridgeman ND, BSc.

(1) (Scientific America November 27, 2013)
(2) Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2000 Feb; 75(2): 133-4

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