Relieve Stress With Laughter

“Laughter is an instant vacation.”

 ~ Milton Berle

Anatomy of Illness written by Norman Cousins, is a book that reveals the remarkable story of how one man conquered his own painful illness. Cousins firmly believed that “Laughter is the best medicine” held a deeper truth than most people recognized.

In today’s world, the detrimental effects of stress on physical and mental health are widely acknowledged. However, what many don’t recognize is the plethora of positive health benefits that laughter brings, countering the impacts of stress.

Scientific studies have shown that laughter enhances the immune system, fortifying the body against illness and disease. When we laugh, the brain releases chemicals called catecholamines and endorphins, flooding our bloodstream with feelings of happiness and well-being. Furthermore, laughter reduces cortisol secretion and slows down the sedimentation rate, stimulating the body’s immune system.

The physical responses during laughter, such as increased oxygen flow, relaxed arteries, lowered heart rate and blood temperature, enhanced circulation, and elevated skin temperature, have tremendously beneficial effects on cardiovascular and respiratory health. Harnessing the potential to accelerate healing and boost overall well-being, laughter shines as a vital component of any stress management plan.

While the average person laughs 8 to 10 times a day, incorporating intentional “laughing” exercises throughout the day as part of a stress management routine can amplify its remarkable benefits. Full belly laughter, an involuntary response from the brain, can be activated by indulging in comedies, listening to comedians, sharing jokes, or simply engaging in fun and silly activities.

Harness the power of laughter to unlock our full potential for healing and self-care. Let us embark on this journey together, embracing the laughter that lies within us all.