Laughing/Laughter for Stress Reduction (Part 10)

Laughter is a powerful way to avoid stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded and alert.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and often is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, improving  relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

Did you know laughter can actually improve your health?  Laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. As children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day but as adults, life tends to be more serious and laughter less frequent. By seeking out more opportunities for humor and laughter, though, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to your life. There is growing interest in laughter as a simple and effective health and well-being strategy, although it’s still a much underutilized health and well-being resource.

Benefits of Laughter

Physical Health Benefits
·       Boosts immunity

·       Lowers stress hormones

·       Decreases pain

Mental Health Benefits
·       Eases anxiety and fear

·       Relieves stress

·       Improves mood

 

Social Benefits
·       Strengthens relationships

·       Attracts others

·       Enhances teamwork

Laughter and humor help you stay emotionally healthy

Laughter makes you feel good. And the good feeling that you get when you laugh remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss.

Creative opportunities to laugh

  • Watch a funny movie or TV show.
  • Seek out funny people.
  • Share a good joke or a funny story.
  • Participate in group activities.

A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but research is mounting about the positive things laughter can do.  A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally…. it also causes physical changes in your body. It heals and renews the human body and mind, and nothing works faster or more dependably to bring the mind and body back into balance.

Laughter is the best medicine

 

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