Laughing/Laughter for Stress Reduction

Laughter is a powerful antidote to 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 hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded and alert.

The 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 to us

·       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.

Creating 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.

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