Laughter – Best Stress Reducer to Better Help You to Cope with Stress

Laughter is  Best Way to Manage Stress, Relieve Tension, Enjoy Life, and Improve Your Overall Health

Research has shown that laughter does have highly beneficial effects. Apart from being an aerobic exercise for the muscles of the diaphragm, laughter:

Reduces stress.
Reduces levels of the stress hormone epinephrine.
Creates a positive emotional state.
Lifts depression.
Boosts levels of endorphins, the body’s own painkiller.
Increases alertness.
Improves memory function.
Improves breathing and lessens breathing problems.
Lowers blood pressure.
Increases muscle relaxation
Generally “tunes up” the whole immune system by increasing the numbers of cells making antibodies and the level of activity of cells which fight infection.

The medical profession (well, some members more enthusiastically then others) has jumped up on the bandwagon. Physicians are realizing that both patients and health care professionals benefit from humor in stressful situations. Humor also helps to improve communications between physician and patient.

It’s not just laughter that benefits health and makes the outlook positive, smiling helps, too. Heck, even fake laughter helps! It appears that once the brain has told the body to laugh, it doesn’t matter that it is not genuine laughter. Scientific evidence shows that the same beneficial results follow. Small wonder that laughter clinics are springing up everywhere.

Why does laughter do this? Well, in the first place, it is a great distraction from pain and depression, but it also has measurable physical results in that the whole immune system shows a general increase in activity. By helping to improve health and well-being, laughter enhances any medical treatment being given. Laughter will not replace conventional medical treatment, but by making the body more receptive to treatment, it improves the efficacy of treatment. For example, it can make a painful treatment seem less painful (by release of endorphins, of course), and by lowering stress hormones.

So, pull the funny books down off the shelves, load the comedy videos, enjoy a joke or two (clean or dirty, it’s your preference). Do something good for your health and well-being. Remember, it’s free, non-addictive and totally without side effects, apart from the occasional stitch in your side from exuberant over-indulgence. So, laugh, guffaw, giggle or snicker and smile a lot, it helps too.

Be happy and the world will be happy with you