Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain.”
Taking off on this idea, I was just listening to a webinar in which Dr. Patrick Quillin, Ph.D, author and nutritional expert, states that music and laughter are the best medicine. “The biological implications of music – even just listening – can have extraordinary therapeutic capacities.” The music you’re listening to, making, singing, and playing, actually changes the way the brain works. Quillin says, “stress is a killer and music is a healer.”
The use of humor is another way to prevent illness. I remember reading a book by Norman Cousins who healed his life threatening heart condition after a heart attack, which he wasn’t supposed to survive, by watching re-runs of his favorite comedy shows. We’re all walking a tightrope of stressors; some mental, some physical, while we try to keep our equilibrium. Perhaps you’ll agree that humor is the balance point that allows us to manage it well. The proof – Bob Hope lived to be 100, George Burns, 99, Phyllis Diller departed in her early 90’s, and Jack La Lane, who lived to be 95, always seemed to have a smile on his face during his “ridiculous to me” endurance challenges. The common denominator for all these people was a sense of humor. So diffuse stress with humor when you can.
Studies show for any moment of anger, you will depress significantly the quality and quantity of your immune system. The equation: 1 minute of stress equals 6 hours of depression. Whereas,1 minute of laughter will boost your immune system significantly for 24 hours. Music and laughter are part of nature’s natural pharmacy.