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A funny movie and laughter can help with that pain

Nov 21, 2015 10:34 PM

By mayo clinic

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 increases 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 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 haul. 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 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. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.

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 make you feel happier.

Nov 21, 2015 11:22 PM

Thanks for sharing the article Profiler!! I am also glad to see you posting again. You stay away too long and I worry about you!! I wonder all the time how you are feeling and if you are better with your pain levels or if you're feeling poorly. I agree about laughter and that is one of the reasons that I try to use humor in my posts (at least some of them) to get folks smiling. It feels good and it also makes me feel better to know I put a smile on someone's face and/or made them giggle. You are a good man, I hope you post more and keep us informed of how you are doing. Sending you {{{Hugs}}} and prayers that you are well and that you have a peaceful and restful slumber my friend.💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Nov 21, 2015 11:41 PM

Alwayz, I was out of town for a week visiting my brother. It was o.k it is a one way relationship. He basically told me I was a bad judge of character and had no incite on people. I have been a very successful salesman. I thought I had to know people a little. Then he would raise his voice at me. It is so opposite to who I am. I wouldn't mind starting an argument but I know if I get started, no one is going to recover from it. I do feel I know people. I know what hurts them. When I am mad, I want to hurt them so I stay very quiet or I know I will lose that relationship for good. But fifty percent of the visit was good.

I came home and I got sick for four days. I got a 102 fever. I felt so bad. They had to call an ambulance because my heart rate doubled from the fever. It was 130 while I was resting and 150 when I would stand. They said it wasn't too bad. But my heart felt like it was coming out of my chest. Once they got they fever down and an antibiotic my heart rate went back to normal. So that has been my interesting past ten days. So i am back home and well again. So I can come back online. My brothers house had terrible Internet. Worse then dial up. I hope you are doing alright Alwayz. I think of you often and wonder how you are doing.

Nov 22, 2015 7:27 AM

Well, Profiler, I went away for 5 days for my 50th birthday and came home a week ago and was sick by Monday morning. I have been running fevers almost daily up to 102.8 and some as low as 100.6 I went to the dentist for sores in my mouth and they are infected so I'm on antibiotics and am still trying to recover. This has all brought on a double flare (Fibro and CRPS/RSD) so it's a bit of a struggle but with my fellow pain warrior family, I'll make it through to the better side and then it will go the other way again. It's a roller coaster as you know but it's all good. As far as your personality, my dear friend, you DO know people. You are a very good judge of character and you are a kind and wonderful source of comfort for me. Perhaps the problem is that your brother really doesn't know you. I'm glad that your trip was a good one for the most part though. You sure deserve to get away and have some good times. As for me, I was with my best friend and mentally was wonderful and at peace. The weather was bad up North and my body was not happy at all. I skipped a lot of meds because I was around the horses and when you're grooming a 2000 pound animal, you need to be clearheaded and have your wits about you. I miss having my own horse and will have another one some day. I'm really glad you're back, my friend. It's so good to hear from you. Sending {{{Hugs}}} and prayers your way as always.💕🙏🏻🌻🤗

Nov 23, 2015 5:06 PM

Ditto to what AlwayZ said, on all accounts. Thanks for sharing & glad to see you back! 🙏🌼

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