The Health Benefits of Laughter Therapy

I discovered that laughter has helped me to keep my emotions in check to a degree and I feel a little better about myself. There is various well-documented medical research done on the effect of using laughter as a therapy tool. The power of laughter is that it’s an antidote to relieving stress, problems, and yes even pain. Humor can bring much-needed balance in the person’s life and lightens up their load too.

Benefits of laughter:

  • Reduces stress hormones such as endorphins, adrenaline, and cortisol
  • Fights against respiratory infections and boosts the body’s immune system
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Expands the person’s views on situations reducing overwhelmed feelings
  • Improves the person’s overall mood
  • Add joy and excitement
  • Strengthens relationships with others
  • Defuses difficult situations
  • Attracts others to us and encourages unity amongst one another
  • Improves memory, alertness, and creativity
  • Increases memory and learning capabilities
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Gives the diaphragm, and abdominal region a good workout including respiratory, facial, back, and leg muscles

Ideas of where to find something funny to laugh at?

  • YouTube videos are a wonderful option as many videos are a few minutes long and can provide a much-needed release. My favorite type of videos to watch is primarily animal-based videos such as cats, dogs, and wildlife getting themselves into the most interesting case of circumstances.
  • Reading online comic strips and cartoons. Both of these can easily be found anywhere online, especially on Facebook. I follow many online comics strips on Facebook pages providing me exactly what I need each day.
  • Funny TV shows and movies are still the best options for watching something that appeals to you and will get you in the right frame of mind.
  • Search for comedians and people in general who will make you laugh. Attending a comedy club is the perfect way to get yourself in a laughing mood.
  • Do something silly and what that entails for me is making funny faces in the mirror. Eventually, I will laugh. Sometimes it takes time for me to laugh but I will chuckle a little in due time.

So please keep in mind that laughter is truly the best medicine.

Categorized as Life, Tips

By Charlotte M

Being able to laugh at the end of an “unsuccessful’” day and being okay with not managing to “do it all”. It rocks!

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