We all know the value of humor (see July 29, 2011 and April 3, 2014).
Humor can be so important in the healing process that Denise — a delightful oncology nurse in Lake County, Illinois, started a “Humor Exchange” for patients. This monthly get together is designed to encourage people who have health issues — to start laughing. And keep laughing. More and more studies confirm that laughter provides a smorgasbord of physiological benefits: increases the “Natural Killer” (NK) cell and lymphocyte count (important immune responses in the fight against cancer); decreases stress hormones; increases immune cells (“T” cells); lowers blood pressure; works your abs; release endorphins; and essentially makes you smile. And snort. . . .
At a recent conference, Denise recently learned of another healthy technique (that sounds pretty funny). It’s called “thumping the thymus.” The thymus gland — which is responsible for “T” cells and immunity — lies beneath the sternum. A person pats their sternum for a few minutes and feels better. And enlists a potential for improving immunity. Don’t take my word for it. There are articles galore on this subject (see e.g. http://www.facebook.com/notes/karen-nauman-eft/eft-tapping-the-thymus-gland-8-interesting-factoids-about-the-thymus/198886030151782/ ). So go ahead. Thump your thymus. What’ve you got to lose? And while your at it . . . . laugh.