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How Does Laughter Reduce Stress

Laughter is the best medicine. Laughter is the natural antidote to many of the illness-causing effects of stress and that too, it is free of cost.We often feel a release or feel rejuvenated after watching a side-splittingly funny movie.

Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles.It is well said that the healthiest response to life is laughter.

People with heart disease are 40 percent less likely to laugh than people without it. In a study of patients with heart disease, those with a pessimistic outlook about their ability to recover were twice as likely as optimists to have died one year later. In patients recovering from heart attacks studies have found that laughter can have healing properties.

Laughter Reduces the Stress Response:

  • Endorphins help you out: When you laugh there’s a contraction of muscles, whichincreases blood flow and oxygenation. This stimulates the heart and lungs and triggers the release of endorphins that help you to feel more relaxed both physically and emotionally.
  • Endorphins make you feel better: Laughing leads to the release of endorphins, a self-manufactured natural opiate that has been scientifically shown to carry messages of attachment and bonding (the scientific terms for love), and to stimulate feelings of caring and forgiveness in addition to acting as a natural painkiller. Endorphins create a positive state of mind and boost optimism, self-confidence and feelings of self-worth.
  • Laughter opens up blocked emotions: By enhancing the free flow of emotions,laughter can help dislodge blocked emotions stored in the body. Suppressed or blocked emotions can cause ongoing physical, mental and emotional problems and stress. Their release can be life-changing.
  • Laughter is a great stress reliever: Laughter provides an excellent non-violent method for emotional release and  thus a great stress reliever.Negative throught manifeat into chemical reactions that can affect baby bringing more stress into own system and decrease out immunity. In contrast thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more serious illness.

So keep laughing into wipe out stress.