The Daily Dose

DR. Rose Ngishu

Think about the cost of medication in the country at the moment, with the economic imbalances brought about by the COVID -19 pandemic makes it almost unimaginable and unbearable for an average earner. Despite the government packages to ease up the economic impacts of the pandemic to citizens, it is still unlikely that medication will be affordable for all citizen. What if I told you there is a cheap medicine that could calm down your stress, anxiety, depression and poor sleeping patterns and boost your immunity without spending a dollar from your payslip. You just need to be at the right place and bee keen to get cured. Sounds funny right? Keep up with me and find out this cure.

For some reason we all find amusements in scenarios, actions and stories. We react in laughter most times without necessarily paying any special attention to the impact it has to our health. Laughter is a basic expression of lively amusements that cuts across a person’s face driven by emotions. A simple joke, a scene, or a nostalgic memory can trigger laughter. Today, I will breakdown laughter in medicinal parameters and create an insight why it is the best medicine. Let get into it.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins that reduce stress

Endorphins are body’s natural painkillers. These endorphins which are peptide hormones released by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus in response to spotted pain or stress within the body. Endorphin hormones relieve body pain while also creating a great sense of well-being within an individual. Laughter also alters the serotonin in the body which are mood boosters and effectively reduce stress and depression. Remember, the goal is to boost your well-being through laughter.

laughter boosts your immune system

When you laugh, you suppress the production of stress hormones and more of endorphins. Laughter also activate infection-fighting cells in your body and boost your pathogen fighting ability. Blood flow to internal organs each time you laugh, you take a deeper breath. This increases the amount of oxygen intake to your lungs and also helps your heart in consistently pumping oxygenated blood all over your body. With the Increased oxygen supply, the body is able to manufacture more body cells and allows each body organ to effectively work which ultimately results to the feeling of wellbeing. 

How to boost your daily laughter dose 

There are several ways that can be used to add laughter to one’s day. These are some of the tips that you can use for the same.

  • You can always find and watch TV shows that are likely to trigger laughter and brighten up your day.
  • You can always hang around funny friends who are likely to crack jokes and make you laugh during your meetings.
  • You can always follow some social media accounts that share jokes, memes and other funny content to brighten up your day.
  • In some cases you can out for a dance party, if you are into dancing, or you can hang out with your friends in lively places that are likely to trigger your laughter.

Remember, it is always your responsibility to find ways that can make you laugh on a daily routine. Also, you can avoid areas and scenarios that are going to give you negative emotions such as racist jokes, toxic behavior applaud among others.