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30 Ventura Rd. Belen, NM 87002
November 16, 2016
1234 5th St.
Healthy Town, NM 87110
Huge benefits are currently being studied on how laughter is good for our health. Laughter has been thought of something we instinctively do when we find something to be funny. Laughter and humor can make us feel good, even relaxed. It’s not usually thought of anything more than that. In the article “Anatomy of a Laugh: Amusing Analysis” by Breet Oppegarrd, he talks about Scientists finding evidence of the health benefits of laughter, Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician in India who studied his patients and found that his happier patients seemed to heal faster and stay healthier. With Dr. Madan Kataria new-found information he started a movement called “laughter therapy” it has been found to benefit people’s overall well- being. The benefits of laughter include better heart functions, lower blood pressure, help with anxiety, and depression.
Laughter Therapy can be offered in a group therapy setting that’s sole purpose focuses on things that trigger laughter such as, funny jokes, puns, a funny comedian, or simply one person start laughing and another follows them creating a chain of pure laughter. Smiling and laughter is contagious just the same way as yawning is. Think about when you walk by a person who is smiling at you, a first reaction would be to smile back at that person. Think about how hard it would be to not smile back at them. When sitting in a room with someone and they start to randomly laugh, whether they are watching a video that is funny, something they remembered in their mind, or something that happened earlier in their day that was funny. Before the first thought comes to the brain, a natural smile would happen and then the following questions would be “What is so funny?” or “Let me see what you are watching.” Laughter has always been something that can bring people together and now it can help people to better maintain their health physically and mentally.
Adults have huge responsible decisions to make daily with, keeping up with the demands of work, projects, families, household duties that need to be done, and even school work. Over scheduled lives seem to make us stay more serious through day to day life. We are forgetting to have real laughter come upon us. Where in a child’s world laughter happens somewhat easy. Why not bring awareness to this new-found evidence that Dr. Madan Kataria found with laughter therapy helping people live healthy lifestyles. By offering laughter therapy as an option that people can use through health insurance to ensure great overall well-being. We all know how good exercise is for the body and how it benefits our health. That is why it’s already offered to us through our health insurance, by adding this to health insurance policies, helps pay for gym memberships fees, offering lower premiums because we are being active and healthy therefore having less health problems. The fact that Laughter is such an easy thing to do. We now know how much it helps better our health. Why wouldn’t we want to offer it through health insurance to better everyone’s health?