Stressed? Try a Good Laugh

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Hopefully your April Fool’s Day was full of good humor as it kicked off National Humor Month!  The joyful sound of laughter is far more contagious than a cold.  Laughter brings people together and increases happiness across the board.  Laughter and humor are a powerful cure-all to stress and pain; they help you focus on the joy of life rather than its burdens.

Who doesn’t feel better after watching a funny movie, laughing with a friend or going to a comedy club?  With so much power to help heal us, Patch Adams had the right idea – laughter is sometimes the best medicine!

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress.  It can even leave your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after you’re done laughing. It will also increase your energy and help you stay focused.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter helps to take away the stress hormones and gives you more immune cells and infection fighting antibodies which all help to improve your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural feel-good chemicals that promote an overall sense of well-being. They can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter helps protect the heart. Laughing increases blood flow which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
  • Laughter helps lessen stressful emotions. You can’t feel sad, angry, or anxious when you’re too busy laughing.
  • Humor shifts perspective. Who hasn’t had an experience when, at the time, it seems like the end of the world – yet days later, when you tell the story, you can’t help but laugh at what happened?  A humorous perspective will help you not feel overwhelmed.  Next time you feel like your world is ending, shift your perspective and see how you feel.

When you are faced with stress or difficulties, a laugh – or even just a smile – can go a long way to making you feel better.  Here are 30 more ways you can add humor into your life.

Is it time to seek help? If depression is affecting your relationships, your daily activities, or how you think and feel, it’s time to consider seeking help. For more information, read Telltale Signs It’s Time to Treat Your Depression, by Margarita Tratakovsky, M.S.

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