Laughter: human antidote against stress and depression

Palma de Mallorca / Madrid, February 12 ( "It is said that while babies, boys and girls can laugh up to 400 times a day, with an average of 300, the most smiling and happy adult generally does not exceed one hundred, and their average is in approximately 25 dental exhibits ", Says Dr. Juan B. Soriano Ortiz, a researcher in epidemiology at the Pulmonology Service of the La Princesa Hospital in Madrid.

"Good morning. I have a passion: to convey evidence of the population about health risks to promote preventive attitudes in people, at the individual level. This is already our ninth installment in EFESalud Videoblogs It connects to the epidemiology of risks to health. health After referring to tobacco, sedentary lifestyle, unsafe sex, high blood pressure, alcohol, drug abuse, cholesterol and triglycerides, and diabetes, I will be able to change this gear in this ninth and final videoblog of this series. Talk about laughter as a health factor.

In general, doctors are blamed for being denialists and even castrators, in the sense of eliminating pleasure in an absolute way: do not eat this, do not drink excessively, do not be sedentary, … And instead, we do not promote Health and good enough Habits But, in general, a positive attitude in life, and in particular laughing and practicing laughter, should be recommendations to treat many diseases and prevent many more. There is already abundant scientific evidence of the benefits of laughter.
At the beginning of 2019, a meta-analysis of ten randomized controlled trials of interventions on laughter and humor on depression, anxiety and sleep quality in adults was published. It was carried out in accordance with the Cochrane Collaboration guidelines and included 814 participants. He showed that these interventions significantly reduced depression, adult anxiety and improved sleep quality. The results of the subgroup analysis showed that depression benefits more from the intervention of long-term laughter.

In babies, the first laugh appears around three and a half months. Actually, by ultrasound you can see that the fetus already begins to draw smiles on the uterus during pregnancy. But it is not a conscious activity, but an automatic reflex.

Around the month of life, the baby begins to smile at a series of external stimuli, such as the voice of his mother. Similarly, a certain sound or the face of someone familiar, or simply a stranger who is pleasant to her, can also cause a smile.
About three months, the first laughs appear out loud. Laughter is a sign of the child's maturation. And, in fact, he won't stop laughing … until he becomes an adult.

It is said that while a child can laugh up to 400 times a day, with an average of 300, the happiest adult does not exceed 100 times a day, and the average is 25. And the laugh is VERY serious.

In the so-called Blue Zones, where WHO detects an excess of centenarians, they have had to add a vertex to the triangle of a good diet, exercise and not smoking. The rhombus is made by social relationships, believing in any religion and laughter. He thinks that it is rare for someone of 100 years to be a scammer, and in most of the centenarians the good humor and the joy of living dominates. They enjoy everything.

Dr. Patch Adams, master of laughter therapy, dedicated his book Gesundheit! with a: "Be silly every day." Sometimes I forget it, but today is today.

Remember: think of yourself, others and the planet. Prevention is the best medicine, and prevention is better than cure; something that has been known since Hippocrates. Practice by example, laugh and make those around you laugh. Or at least, smile please. As exercise or physical activity do a minimum of half an hour to smile every day. Good information on time is essential. Remember: PREVENTION IS LIFE. "

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