A Good Laugh May Be the Cure for Chronic Pain
Everyone likes a good laugh. Whether laughing at a joke, a TV show or a book, there is no better way to brighten up a dull day and make you feel good about the world. However, as well as making you feel good, there are other reasons why laughter is so useful – it turns out that it can actually provide a boost for people suffering from chronic pain.
Research Suggests Laughter Could Help with Pain
There have long been suggestions that there is a link between laughter and pain relief. However, the most recent research to date was presented at the European Pain Federation (EFIC) congress in Italy, in October 2013. Researchers from Switzerland suggested that laughing can help to improve the quality of life for sufferers of chronic pain by increasing their tolerance levels.
The team presented research showing that people were able to withstand pain better while laughing, and that even after they had finished laughing they had more tolerance to pain.
This interesting research means that we could even see humour playing a serious role in pain therapy in years to come when more is known about it.
How Can Laughter Help?
But if laughter can help people to deal with pain, how exactly does this work? It all comes down to endorphins. We all know that laughter makes us feel good, and this is because it releases endorphins into our bodies. Endorphins are released by various activities, such as exercise, and they are the body's natural mood-boosting chemicals. In relation to the relief of chronic pain, it is thought that these endorphins are responsible somehow.
However, according to the latest research, laughter is only apparently effective for chronic pain when it is real laughter. Just putting on a smile won't do anything, and you really have to enjoy a good bellyache to get any noticeable effect from it.
Enjoy a Good Laugh
Whether you are suffering from chronic pain, or you are just in need of a bit of cheering up, enjoying a good laugh is always a good idea. If you are in search of a laugh, you need go no further than YouTube. This site is full of funny home videos for all tastes, and many funny viral hits, so check them out and see what you can find.
Laughter Is the Best Medicine
Laughter can do wonders for your state of mind, and if it can play a part in boosting tolerance of chronic pain, that's even better. So check out some funny videos today while browsing the web, and enjoy the endorphin rush that you get in return for a good laugh. It's a great way to bring you up when you are feeling down, so take advantage of this free mood booster.
Lisa Harold researches hollistic medicine. She often writes about her insights into unconventional techniques for addressing health concerns.