A good laugh is sunshine in the house. — William Thackeray

Laughter I am sure has been around since the beginning of time. Smiling is one of the first things our babies mimic and laughter is one of our favorite things to share. So if our babies love to return this emotion there must be some type of meaning to it. So does laughter relieve stress and can it be used as a form of therapy?

As a mom, one of the best feelings in the world is seeing the big smiles on my children’s face as we share a laugh. Now I am a very goofy person and I love making people laugh. I am not at all ashamed of it. Laughter allows me to make connections with people and put a smile on a person’s face when they are feeling down.

It doesn’t matter if you know me or I know you, we can always share a laugh. Not to mention, that moment you shared that laugh will be remembered for a lifetime. My husband and I still reminisce on the day when we laughed at this or that.

So with all this laughter going around, it seems to have many benefits, wouldn’t you say? Here is proof…

  • Laughter relaxes your muscles (for up to 45 minutes after laughing) by stimulating circulation which relieves physical tension and stress.
  • Laughter reduces the secretion of cortisol and epinephrine while boosting your immune system and improving your resistance to diseases.
  • Laughter provides an emotional release when you need to cry and is a good distraction from stress.

Laughter is not only helpful with relieving stress, it provides other health benefits too.

  • It lowers blood pressure
  • It works your abs
  • It is a good workout for your heart, and
  • It helps you live longer because you have a more positive outlook on life.

Laughter is my favorite way of beating stress. Think about it, it is free, easy to access, and you can share it with anyone. You can find all types of ways to get a good laugh.

Laugh with your kids: Pull out some of those silly board games( “pie in the face”,”wet head”) and you will be laughing all night. Our watch some of those funny Youtube clips with the animals falling.

Turn that frown upside down: Take an otherwise bad situation and find the humor in it. That way you will find yourself a lot less stressed about events in your life. You can look back at these times and “laugh at them” as they say.

Netflix: Turn on some “good ole” Netflix and scroll through the comedy section. I am sure there will be something in there to give yourself a big laugh.

Final Thoughts

Laughter is something to be enjoyed by all. Your laugh is a part of you so don’t be ashamed of it. I think our children in their innocence still hold on to the things that are important to love and laughter and sometimes we as adults can lose touch with those things. Don’t be afraid to tap into your childhood and have fun.  Play hide and seek with your kids, play peek a boo, it is all in our nature. Smile, laugh, and relieve that stress!


If you love to laugh or want to share your experience please comment below. Any feedback is always welcome!

 

8 thoughts on “Does Laughter Relieve Stress? This is No Laughing Matter!”

  1. I couldn’t agree more with your article. You are totally spot on. Laughter is one of the best exercises, meditation, prayer in the world. And I can attest to its potency as a stress relief. It’s much better than Prozac in my opinion. I remember one story from the Secret video. A woman who had cancer and she treated it by watching comedies all day. After three months the cancer just disappeared without any chemo therapy. So if laughter could cure cancer, imagine what it could do for stress.

    Great post.

    1. Hi Kevon,

      Thanks for sharing the very amazing story, that is awesome. I have been silly since a young girl and have always loved to laugh. I just love how babies find it so easy to laugh but you have some adults who don’t enjoy doing the same. Thanks for your comment and I wish you all the best!

      Melissa

  2. So true!! Love this!! I am a “firm believer” in the benefits of laughter — if that’s a thing! Sounds like it is 🙂 It’s so important to stay positive, to laugh, to smile. I don’t think people realize how much. It’s so easy to be negative, and the thing is, people don’t think they have a choice! Crazies! Of course you have a choice!! Yes, some times may be more difficult than others… but there’s always a choice! One of my favorite things to do (and this is gonna sound ridiculous) is forced laughter. Because give it maybe a solid minute and you’ll be laughing for real!

    1. Hi Courtney,
      That is a great tip, forced laughter really does work. I still love tickling people as silly as that is. You are right we do have a choice and positive thought leads to positive reactions. Thanks for sharing another wonderful tip and I wish you all the laughter and smiles!:)
      Melissa

  3. I totally agree. More laughter for everyone! It most certainly makes me feel a lot better and I really believe it relieves a lot of stress. Another tip for some good laughs is to check out the “Damn autocorrect” sites on the net. 🙂

    1. Haha, those autocorrect text are so funny. I have had that happen to me, it sucks but I still laughed at myself. Laughter is amazing, I want to be a laugh therapist and work with elderly patients. Thanks for sharing your tip, more ways to share a laugh is always needed.

      Melissa

  4. Hi, Melissa. I totally agree with you on the importance of laughter! It’s definitely a stress reliever and eases tension especially when with a new group of people. To be able to laugh at the same jokes together is an ice breaker for sure. I’m even laughing in my profile photo! LOL.
    The candid shot was taken by a dive buddy of mine during one of our joking sessions.
    Thanks for sharing this feel good post. 🙂

    1. Hi Cindy,
      You are absolutely right, I have had complete strangers come up to me and and tell me a joke and out of no where I am sharing a laugh with not a care in the world(and forgetting I don’t know this person from Adam, LOL). You notice how some people use laughter in their speeches to help break the ice too? There are so many ways laughter can ease stress and anxiety. Thanks for the comment :)!
      Melissa

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