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.
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!