Laughter is the Best Medicine

It has been said for decades that laughter is the best medicine, and there is enough scientific proof to make this true in many different ways today. Laughter is a powerful stress management tool. This tool can help you combat the negative effects of stress and help you overcome your anxiety and depression.

Facts that Make Laughter Worth Investing In

  • Laughter produces a sense of well-being.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, your natural feel good chemicals.
  • Laughter lowers blood pressure, especially in women.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system helping to fight off disease.
  • Laughter reduces negative stress hormones in your body.
  • Laughter also exercises your diaphragm.

  • Ideas To Help You Maintain A Sense Of Humor

  • Dont take life so seriously all the time - Learn to laugh it off and realize "this too shall pass".

  • Visualize the silly - Use your imagination to increase your giddy side! Share your imagination with others.

  • Smile - A simple smile has been scientifically proven to change the chemicals in your brain. Smiling alone can release endorphins.

  • Hang with your most positive friend who loves to laugh - Being with a friend who loves to laugh increases the probability of laughter. Laughter is contagious!

  • Watching funny movies, shows or even funny video clips on YouTube or other social media platforms - Your options are endless here!

  • Read funny books, magazines or even visit websites based on humor.

  • Turn your sarcasm into funny sarcasm - Sometimes our frustration can easily be turned into light hearted laughter. All we need to do is adjust our attitudes.

  • Dance to fun music - If you have kids, dance with them! Sometimes being silly with your children can totally relieve the pressure of everyday life. Dont just watch your kids be silly and have fun but join them!

  • Join a laughter Club - Yes, they actually exist! With a little research you could find one in your area.

  • Try Laughter Yoga - Although this is not for everyone, we can see how the ridiculous things can make us laugh!

  • It is an important but fun fact that the act of laughter alone produces positive changes in the brain. You dont need to FEEL humorous in order for it to produce these changes. In fact, these actions alone, if done long enough and practiced over time and with the right attitude, can produce feelings of happiness and joy. Remember feelings are always an end result of what we do and what we tell ourselves.

  • You can help build protection for your mind and help to sustain good mental health with laughter. Sometimes it just begins with a simple smile! Remember smiles are contagious, so smile at others and be generous with them.

  • Laughter Stops Distressing Emotions

    Laughter has the ability to de-escalate feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and panic. Fact is, we can diminish these distressing emotions, and improve self-esteem through changing our perspectives through finding the humor in our everyday life. Stress is part of life, it's inevitable for all people at some point in time, however, the reaction to our stressful circumstances matters more than we realize. We can respond with stressful responses which will only increase our stress levels, or we can respond with positive, encouraging, optimistic stressful responses which will de-crease our stress levels. YOU CHOOSE!

    Laughter is just one way we can lower our stress levels and find a more balanced approach to life's stressful circumstances.

    What does the research say?
    Here are some interesting studies!

  • Beneficial effect of laughter therapy on physiological and psychological function in elders - The present study supports the therapeutic advantage of laughter therapy and raises the opportunity of a new approach to promote physical and mental health in older people.

  • The effect of laughter therapy on nursing students' anxiety, satisfaction with life, and psychological well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic: Randomized controlled study - The study reveals that online laughter therapy significantly positively affects nursing students' anxiety, life satisfaction, and psychological well-being.

  • Laughter therapy: A humor-induced hormonal intervention to reduce stress and anxiety - "Therapeutic laughter is a non-invasive, cost-effective, and easily implementable intervention that can be used during this pandemic as a useful supplementary therapy to reduce the mental health burden. Laughter therapy can physiologically lessen the pro-stress factors and increase the mood-elevating anti-stress factors to reduce anxiety and depression."

  • Got a Funny Story to Share?

    Have a funny story to share? We want to hear it! Let's encourage one another with our funny moments, and perspectives. Share how you handle some of your stressful moments with laughter!

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