Humor, Healing, Hypnosis

Humor, that delightful ability to tickle your funny bones and light up your spirits, is not just about cracking jokes or watching slapstick comedy. It’s also about tapping into the fluid essence of healing within. Humor refers to the body’s own fluids, such as blood and lymph, which play crucial roles in our well-being.

What better way to kickstart the healing process than by engaging these vital systems through laughter?

In the realm of healing, there are no rigid boundaries. We often build our own walls, shut ourselves off, and forget about joy, let alone laughter, especially when we’re under the weather or stressed. Whether it’s a serious condition like heart disease or something as seemingly trivial as an athlete’s foot, the state of your mind, body, and spirit is what truly matters in your journey to happiness and wellness.

Movies profoundly impact our lives, often reaching deep into our psyche and influencing our thoughts, emotions, and even our physical well-being. A mesmerizing combination of visual and auditory stimuli can captivate your senses, engage your nervous system, and leave lasting impressions akin to the effects of hypnosis.  Movies, very much like hypnosis, have the ability to transport you beyond the confines of your own reality, providing a much-needed escape from the stresses and pressures of everyday life.

Recent studies have confirmed what many have intuitively known for ages: humor holds remarkable healing power. Consider the following:

  • Laughter provides a workout for your body, increasing heart rate and boosting blood circulation and breathing.
    • Watching classics such as “Forest Gump” or “As Good As It Gets” or the one scene in “When Harry Met Sally” can give you a cardiovascular workout equivalent to ten minutes on a rowing machine. It’s like “inner jogging” for your soul.
  • Humor acts as a natural painkiller by triggering the release of endorphins, helping to reduce pain levels and the need for medication while also speeding up recovery time.
  • Humor is a stress-buster, lowering cortisol levels, the stress hormone that can weaken your immune defenses.
  • Laughter and humor boost your immune system by stimulating interferon-gamma production, a hormone that combats viruses and regulates cell growth.
  • Humor can sharpen your mental faculties, promoting alertness and memory function by elevating adrenaline and other brain chemicals.

I highly recommend you read “Anatomy Of An Illness As Perceived By The Patient: Reflections On Healing And Regeneration” by Norman Cousins.

So, the next time you’re feeling down or under the weather, don’t underestimate the healing power of a good laugh. It’s not just about entertainment; it’s medicine for the soul!

Liza is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Her journey in the field of hypnotherapy and alternative healing began when she was overwhelmed and under a lot of pressure and stress.

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