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Can you laugh stress away?

How laughter helps reduce stress

Humour should be prescribed as medication because nothing works faster or better to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh.

Let’s see how laughter helps to reduce your stress: 

Laughter triggers the secretion of endorphins: Endorphins are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can help to reduce stress.

Laughter gives the immune system a boost: Negative thoughts and hassles in day to day life lead to chemical reactions that can impact your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses by making your immune system strong.

Laughter protects the heart: It increases the intake of oxygen-rich air, which in turn stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles.

Laughter relaxes the whole body: Laughter stimulates circulation and aids muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Laughter relieves pain caused due to stress: Laughter may ease the pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.  It might also help break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.

Laughter helps you stay emotionally healthy: Laughter makes you feel good. Moreover, the feel-good emotion you go through when you laugh remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss.

Laughter has social benefits: It makes your relationships strong, enhances teamwork and helps defuse conflicts.

So, improve your sense of humor to laugh away the stress. Go for funny movies. Hang some comedy pic, comics or albums in your office and at home. Laugh and see how the world laughs with you.

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