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 Stress Relief With Laughter is No Joke

Laughter is the best medicine. We all know this. As April is Stress Awareness Month, we will go through why daily laughter is the best stress reliever and the short and long-term benefits it provides.

Think about the last time you were mad or sad. You didn’t laugh, did you? You may have cried or yelled, but you probably did not laugh. And if you did, we can almost bet that you started to feel better. Laughing has a way of changing our mood for the better, and those reasons are backed by science, not just a saying. We urge you to discover why laughter is the best medicine and laugh next time you’re in a foul mood. We guarantee that your mood will instantly improve if you do.

As mentioned, the short-term benefits we see with laughter happen almost immediately. Laughing releases endorphins, making you feel better mentally; it also creates physical changes in your body.

  • Laughter enhances the amount of oxygen you breathe, stimulating your heart, lungs, and muscles.
  • Laughter also stimulates the circulation of your muscles, reducing the physical feelings of stress.
  • On top of that, when you laugh, your stress responses rise and lower back down, decreasing your blood pressure and heart rate, both signs of less stress.

When it comes to long-term effects, laughing has quite a few. When you laugh, your body produces its own painkillers, meaning that the aches and pains you feel will decrease. The more you laugh, the less pain you will feel. In addition, we know that stress and worry can lead to negative thoughts, which have adverse effects on your body. When you laugh, your body can feel it; you’ll feel an overarching sense of positivity, making your body feel better and increasing your immune system responses.

The most apparent long-term effect of laughter is an improved mood. As we mentioned earlier, it’s hard to laugh when you’re sad or angry, and laughing can help you get out of those moods. Laughter and happiness go hand in hand, so next time you’re feeling down, read or watch something that makes you giggle. You should notice an improved mood almost immediately.

The more you laugh in your daily life, the better your mood will be.

There you have it, some scientific factors behind the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” To help fight stress, make it a point to laugh throughout the day, and you will see positive short and long-term benefits. So whether you start each morning with a smile as you greet your spouse, send a silly text to a friend, or read a funny book, we encourage you to make laughing part of your daily routine – your mind and body will thank you. And let’s be serious, who doesn’t love laughing!?