Another Approach To Health
About 30 years ago and beyond, science had vetoed the idea that psychology can have any effect on physical wellness. In efforts to prove that wrong, studies were conducted in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The outcome: Our immune system is directly correlated with our happiness. These studies are the reason that we now know the negative effects that stress has on our bodies. With everything, good or bad, there has to be an opposing agent. Luckily, in stress’s case, the opposing agent is happiness. Stress = negative physical effects in our bodies. Happiness = positive physical effects in our bodies.
Those studies that were conducted in the 80’s proved that the brain’s neurotransmitters are directly connected to the immune system and nervous system, including thymus (produces cells for the immune system) and bone marrow. This proves that our immune system can be momentously effected by our emotions, and how we react after knowing this information can benefit our lives in the forthcoming greatly.
Can You Laugh Yourself Healthy?
One man, Norman Cousins, believed so much in “mind over matter,” that after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (a disabling inflammatory disease), and following his doctor’s failing treatment and medications, followed his own path to recovery. He decided to reject further medicinal treatment and started his own treatment, happiness and laughter therapy. He also took Vitamin C supplements as well. Both of these together has an immensely optimistic and pure effect on his disability. Over some time, he realized that laughter relieved much, if not all of the pain. This “laughter” treatment didn’t just help him a little, it helped him recover wholly, to the point that he no longer takes pain relievers or sleeping aid medicines.
Here is a person that literally proved the system wrong, he showed that our minds have more power than we ever knew. He healed himself of a diagnosed disease by laughing. If you have an issue and think this type of therapy might be able to help you, or may be just want to find out more about Norman Cousins and his thoughts on the matter, you can pick up a copy of his book Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient.
I hope you enjoyed this article and start to be a happier, healthier person through laughing the heck out of each day. Don’t forget to Subscribe for more great, informative content!
Kim Shapira MS, RD