Reduce Stress With Laughter

8 Health benefits of laughter


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They always say, "laughter is the best medicine" -- and it's true! Laughter actually offers plenty of real health benefits, some that are obvious and others you might be surprised to learn about.

Laughter

A hearty laugh always feels good. It provides your body with an emotional release and can change a bad mood into a great day. Laughter is contagious and it offers a number of health benefits too.

What are the health benefits of laughter?

  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Improves your circulation and oxygenation of your blood
  • Gives your diaphragm and abdominals a workout
  • Helps defend against respiratory infections
  • Improves memory and learning
  • Increases creativity and alertness
  • Increases disease-killing cells (such as T-cells and Gamma interferon)
  • Reduces stress hormones

Laughter and stress

Almost everyone leads a stress-filled life these days. Pressures from work, finances, family and relationships can be overwhelming. Don't let life get you down. Sometimes you just need something to relieve all that stress. Stress can be damaging physically and emotionally. Include stress-busting activities into your daily routine -- such as meditation, exercise and yes, laughter.

Laughter helps reduce stress hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and dopamine, while also increasing healthy, feel-good hormones, such as endorphins. A hearty belly laugh can also give your stomach, diaphragm, shoulders and other muscles a workout, releasing stress and making them more relaxed afterward. Additionally, a good laugh can take the attention away from your stress and negative feelings, such as anger, guilt or sadness.

So next time, you are stressed out -- pop a hilarious comedy movie into your DVD player, go out with friends who make you laugh, or try to stop taking life so seriously. Laughing can really be beneficial to your health.

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Kori Ellis
Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and three children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide, writing about everything from wedding planning to fantasy sports.
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