In order for the laughter to be helpful to one’s health, one must laugh the laughter based on pleasant mind. At least while one laughs, one should laugh with a pleasant mind-set for that laughter to connect to one’s health, it means.
Our body is composed of about 60 trillion cells. Out of these, about 10 million cells die off every second. It means that 10 million cells, proportionate to the population of Seoul, die off in just 1 blink of a second, not 1 hour or 1 day. Through such a calculation, it means that it only takes about 69 days for all of our body’s cells to die off. Of course, cells’ average lifespan is diverse depending on types so that some die after nearly 2 years and some die in merely 2 weeks. But what is very important here is that even though so many cells die in an instant, the fact that our body lasts a long time securely is because that many new cells are born as much as those dying off. To say again, it means that 10 million new cells are born per every 1 second.
Our body is a mass of progress in which old ones become replaced with new ones and constantly changing every second of every moment. As our body is a physical and chemical mass that is ever changing without a break, our body is responding endlessly to various stimuli incessantly changing. Our body is always responding and changing to our inner and external atmosphere, food that we eat and drink, and to stimuli including our emotional fluctuations. Therefore, that our health can be infl uenced by laughing once and crying once is the health wisdom that our ancestors are conveying to descendants through a maxim.
Emotion is of an intimate relationship with each organ
In our words of our country, there are so many dealing with energy. Besides the daily-used ‘Energy is blocked,’ we say ‘Revive the energy,’ ‘Kill the energy,’ ‘Break the energy,’ ‘Energy is winning’ and so on, seemingly endless to mention. According to Oriental medicine, we have 7 emotions and these 7 emotions are also seen as having intimate relations with the movement of energy (Qi). If we are joyous, energy becomes relaxed, if we become angry, energy is elevated, if we become fearful, energy is lowered, if we are surprised, energy shrinks, if we are said, energy dissipates, if we are thoughtful, energy disappears, and if we worry, energy becomes clustered.
Emotion also has intimate relation with each organ and anger is related to liver, joy is related to heart, thinking with spleen, worries and sadness with lungs, and surprise and fear are connected to kidneys. Excessive emotion of anger may damage one’s liver. There are some conceptual difference between the liver in Oriental medicine and the liver in Western medicine. In the Western medicine, liver refers to an organ, meaning liver, but in Oriental medicine, liver refers to a functional unit of Organ-Meridian-Qi Complex. Therefore, an excessive anger or a long-term anger emotion refers to damaging the functions of liverMeridian-Qi Complex.
Healthy body starts from healthy emotions
In the Western medicine, relationship between emotion and autonomous nerve is emphasized. Autonomous nervous system is distinguished by sympathetic nerve unsympathetic nerve and emotions of anger, anxiety, tension, stress, surprise, fear are directly related to the exacerbation of the sympathetic nerve.
As a main response of stimulating sympathetic nerve, cold sweats occur, pupil becomes dilated (eyes become wide-eyed), skin’s blood vessel becomes contracted and pale, head blood vessel becomes contracted, heart pulse becomes fast (heart speeds up as though clubbing), stomach and intestines do not move well, digestive fl uids are not secreted well and blood sugar goes up, and adrenal glands’ cortex hormone secretion becomes increased. Accordingly, if the anger becomes excessive, mental anxiety, insomnia, muscular tension, pains shall occur andappetite shall be lost and digestion shall not be done well, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and adult diseases shall occur.
In the food, there are various tastes. Among five important tastes, there are sweet taste, bitter taste, sour taste, salty taste, spicy taste included. When these 5 tastes are well combined and achieve harmony, we say ‘tasty.’ In the food, there are those which are of extreme positive characteristics and conversely, there are those which have extremely negative characteristics. These shall be combined (spices) with diverse tastes to harmonize the quality of food. When food’s quality or taste is extremely slanted to one side, nutritional deficiency (condition of having lost nutritional harmony) shall occur.
Just as producing a nutritional deficiency with an improper combination of tastes, if a combination of emotions becomes improper, this could produce a mental disharmony. If one always snickers and enjoys oneself, one could develop a disease and one would also develop a disease even if one is always fi lled with grief and sadness, even if one is always serious and thinks of anguish, one would obtain a disease, and one would be infected with a disease even if one is continually surprised and fearful and shivers in fear, and even if one is angry all the time, one would develop all kinds of diseases.
Like putting in spices of five tastes into the food to bring about original tastes, one can maintain healthy emotions only if one lives while experiencing diverse feelings of joy, sadness, worries, anguish, fear, surprise, anger, etc. By directly jumping into these feelings, one does not become its master but it means that one can maintain one’s health by living while at least indirectly seeing such tastes of emotion through novels, movies, music, arts and personal relationships.
To modern people, who, rather than positive thinking, live each day while thinking more of negative thoughts, one should abide by the daily guideline of ‘one who frequently gets angry would age quickly.’