Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others and keeps you grounded, focused and alert. It also helps you to release anger and be more forgiving. With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free and easy to use.*
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells - improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect against cardiovascular problems.
Laughter may help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer.**
*Lawrence Robinson, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., Helpguide.org, Sept 2018.
**Cancer Treatment Centers of America® currently uses Laughter Therapy in their treatments.
LAUGHING IS CONTAGIOUS SO LET’S LAUGH MORE
Smile - smiling is the beginning of laughter.
Count your blessings - they will make you smile.
When you hear laughter, move towards it.
Spend time with fun, playful people.
Bring humor to conversations.
Don’t take yourself too seriously - lighten up.