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Laughter and Stress Management

Laughter and Stress Management

by: Dr. Ruby Ahuja
Consultant - Clinical Psychologists Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Stress a word has been widely used by almost everybody now-a-days. Even the kids use this very often. Though all of us are not much familiar with this term fully. If we feel sad we say ‘Oh I’m stressed’. If we feel anxious we still say ‘I’m stressed’. So for all the mental roller coaster that we go through we use this term of stress. Similarly, one term for not so good mental health is stress and one term used for psychotherapy is laughter. It’s a positive and a useful term used to deal with almost   all types of stresses. Laughter therapy is a kind of cognitive-behavioral therapies that could make physical, psychological, and social relationships healthy, ultimately improving the quality of life.

Laughter is the best to treat any disease:

All of us nowadays are interested in non-pharmacological and alternate therapies for our physical and mental ailments. Various studies have shown a positive impact of laughter on our physical health.

Increases endorphins &  immunity : Few of these are quoted as  Laughter therapy physiologically reduces the level of stress hormones, increases the level of health promoting-hormones such as endorphins, and strengthens the immune system by increasing the number of T-lymphocytes through activation of natural killer cells, which multiplies white blood cells in the body, and Ig A, G, and M, which raises immunity in the body.

Keeps your heart healthy: In addition, it also has an effect of reducing blood pressure by controlling vasoconstriction by lowering the degradation of the vasorelaxant substance, nitric oxide, and reducing cortisol thus raising blood sugar.

Keeps your mild healthy: As for the mental effects of the laughter therapy, it helps reduce unpleasant feelings such as tension, anxiety, hatred, and anger, alleviates stress and depression, aids better interpersonal relationships, and improves insomnia, memory failure, and dementia

Benefits of Laughter:

Term laughter is defines as continuous and rhythmic moment of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to external stimulus which creates a positive emotional state of relief and triggers other positive emotions. Laughter has following effect on human body

  • Reduces anxiety, and tension, and depression;
  • Helps to improve self-esteem, hope, energy, and elevates mood
  • Improves memory and concentration,
  • Helps in improving creative thinking and problem solving
  • Improves friendliness and helpfulness and builds group identity, solidarity, and improves interpersonal interaction, relationships, attraction, and closeness

Laughter as a non pharmacological approach to treat a disease:

A popular theory for understanding laughter includes its evolution as a relief of nervous energy, potentially making it an ideal antidote for stressful situations. This is supported by the empiric observation that laughter decreases serum levels of cortisol, epinephrine, growth hormone, and 3,4-dihydrophenylacetic acid (a major dopamine catabolite), indicating a reversal of the stress response .

It has been observed taken laughter as therapeutic treatment in dealing with various physical and mental health disorders. All yoga and spiritual Gurus have too endorsed this view. Hence it has become a popular non-pharmacological approach to deal with stress and related disorder.

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