We know becoming engaged by something funny brings us completely into our bodies … and that feels really good. Laughing works quickly, provides lasting positive effects, is free and appropriate for all ages, and has no negative side effects.
PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER
- Strengthens the immune system
- Triggers the release of endorphins that lift mood and relieve pain
- Protects from the damaging effects of stress by reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) levels
- Increases the response of tumor and disease fighting antibodies and cells in our bodies
- Strengthens the diaphragm, abdominal, facial, respiratory and back muscles
- Normalizes blood pressure
- Increases vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
- Has a positive effect on blood glucose level
- Boosts energy
- Relaxes the whole body
- Quiets the mind
- Increases alertness
- Improves sleep patterns
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces aggression
- Improves coping and social skills
- Is grounding
- Burns calories
- Is fun
References: (Griffin, 2008) and (Winderlich, 2014)
Laughter is good medicine indeed.
So, in case you’re up for a bit of easy, free healing, here are three charming short videos of some magical birds doing their thing.
DUBSTEPPING MR PATRICK
Mr Patrick, a lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo, is totally engaged in dancing to a dubstep song in this first video. I can see him fitting right in at an East Village club.
Here’s the video:
BIRD TO YOUR MOTHER
Disco, a highly verbal parakeet, is enjoying himself playing with phrases he’s learned and inventing others – apparently just for fun. Here’s the video:
If you love this video, check out the many others of ‘Disco the Parakeet’ on YouTube.
MOON WALKING BIRDS
And last but not least, here’s a red-capped manakin of the Amazon engaged in his fantastic mating dance. The video:
Feeling more centered now?
See Laughter, Meditation & Breathing to read more about why laughter is so good for us.
Griffin, R.M. (2008). Give Your Body a Boost — With Laughter. WebMD. See http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter
Winderlich, M. (2014). 10 Reasons Why Laughing Is Good For You. Discovery.com – Neuroscience. See http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/10-reasons-why-laughing-good-for-you.htm
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