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How Laughter Is a Powerful Stress Reliever and Healing Technique

Updated on March 19, 2018
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Robie is a big fan of healthy and frugal living. Sometimes the best solutions are the simple and natural ones that our grandparents used.

Laughter is The Best Medicine

Have you ever noticed how you feel good and relaxed after a hearty laugh?

It’s not just an impression; a good laugh can do wonders for you. Scientists have proven that laughter is a wonderful healing tool; a free and fun way to improve your quality of life and decrease stress. That’s why humor and laughter are being used more and more in many therapeutic circumstances.

Laughing often and looking at things with humor are antidotes for stress, pain, and conflict. Your sense of humor is the best tool to keep your stress to the minimum and your emotions in good health.

Laughter is a wonderful natural medicine for both mind and body, and it’s free, 100% organic, and has no known negative side effects.

Laughter Therapy, Powerful Stress Reliever and Healing Technique

Laughter is so powerful that there even is an official mental health therapy called laughter technique. In this therapy, laughter is employed as tool to achieve well-being by mental health therapists around the world, which incorporate laughter therapy into their practices and healing techniques.

Stress therapy research shows that laughter therapy is a great way to release tension. While it is almost impossible to trigger laughter in a person that is deeply sad or disturbed, learning to laugh at your problems and look at things with humor are valuable parts of the therapy process.

Many hospitals and ambulatory care centers have incorporated humor material and programs to make people laugh. Numerous hospitals use volunteer groups, clowns, or comedians that visit patients with the specific purpose to provide opportunities for laughter.

A good laugh is the best medicine. Physical therapy student Ashley Testa, shares a laugh with a Legacy Senior Living resident, where she volunteers.
A good laugh is the best medicine. Physical therapy student Ashley Testa, shares a laugh with a Legacy Senior Living resident, where she volunteers. | Source

How Laughter Acts as Stress Reliever

Scientific researches show that laughter has multiple beneficial effects on our brain and body, recognizing the tremendous power of laughter and its efficacy as the best prescription for wellness.

Laughter lowers blood pressure, increases muscle relaxation, boosts the immune system, and lowers stress hormones. Laughter also increases the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killers, and creates a general feeling of well-being.

Laughter reduces at least four of the endocrine hormones associated with stress: epinephrine, cortisol, dopamine, and growth hormone.

Business negotiations can gain a lot from some lightheartedness and a few laughs.
Business negotiations can gain a lot from some lightheartedness and a few laughs. | Source

Laughter Yoga Clubs

Did you know you can join a club that meets each day for a good belly laugh? These clubs practice the Laughter Yoga method of laughing for no reason as a form of exercise.

It is shown that while our brain recognizes sincere laugh from forced laugh, our body cannot; thus you can achieve the same physical benefits forcing yourself to laugh.

Laughter Yoga Clubs were started in India by a physician, Dr. Madan Kataria, in 1995. Today the Laughter Movement has become a global phenomenon, with over 6000 clubs in 60 countries.

To find a club near you visit laughteryoga.org

Do fun things with childhood abandon, let your inner child take over and enjoy.
Do fun things with childhood abandon, let your inner child take over and enjoy. | Source

Laugh Every Day

The ability to laugh easily and frequently is a fabulous resource for overcoming problems, heightening relationships, and maintaining physical and emotional health.

Here are some ideas and tips to keep your lifestyle fun, full of giggles, and stress free:

  • Surrender to silliness, just let go. Let your inner child take over and do silly things.
  • Do fun things with childhood abandon; simple and childish things, like spinning in circles, go on the merry-go-round, or splash in rain puddles.
  • Have a pillow fight with friends and family. A good pillow fight not only triggers laughs, but helps release tension also through physical exertion. If a pillow fight is too intense, have a balloon fight instead.
  • Dance a little jig, leap around your living room, pump up your favorite rhythm on the speakers and have a dancing rave.
  • Learn ten hilarious jokes and one liners with some variety, so you can use them in different occasions to brighten up a party, entertain children, or lift someone’s spirit.
  • Tickle someone, laughter are infectious, as long as the victim does not mind too much – but be prepared to be tickled back!
  • Blow bubbles while doing a chore, like washing dishes; allow yourself to enjoy the activity and admire the colorful reflections on the bubbles.
  • Practice your whistling. It’s cheerful and relaxing.
  • Sing out loud, in the shower, in the car, while working… assuming your colleagues don’t mind .

  • Call yourself and leave a funny and positive message on your answering machine. Do it to someone else too.
  • Bring humor every day to your job, don’t be afraid to make (appropriate) jokes and instill humor into your business relationships. Business negotiations can gain a lot from some lightheartedness and a few laughs.
  • Sign up to receive jokes or funny photos of the day through email, Facebook, or other social media.
  • Join a Laughter Yoga Club.
  • Watch comedies, read comics and funny books.
  • Play games that create ridiculous situations like Twister or Charades, or have a silly face contest with your friends.
  • Decide to be happy today no matter what or who. It is in you power to be happy.

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    • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

      Robie Benve 

      3 years ago from Ohio

      Hi mrod, we seem to share a lot of the same values about lifestyle! Thanks a lot for reading and your lovely comment. Wishing you and yours a happy day! :)

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      Monique Rodriguez 

      3 years ago

      Laughter is medicine! People that laugh often usually have a better outlook in life, and don't stress the small things, which in turn spells less anxiety and better health. Definitely, plugging in to our inner child is one of the best ways to make certain laughter abounds in our lives. Beautiful article.

    • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

      Robie Benve 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      RobinGrosswirth23, Thanks a lot,and many belly laughs to you. :)

    • RobinGrosswirth23 profile image

      Robin Grosswirth 

      6 years ago from New York

      A lovely hub and an important one. Laughter is a beautiful thing.

    • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

      Robie Benve 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      You said it Marcy, happiness truly is within each of us. Gotta keep it alive and kicking and let it show through. :)

      Thanks!

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      I'm laughing just reading this hub - it's contagious! Happiness is within us; we just have to tap into it and let it out.

      Voted up!

    • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

      Robie Benve 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Hi carol, I have great memories connected to hearty laughs, and they all have a taste of feeling great afterwards. Lucky those who laugh a lot - I sure try. :)

      Cathy, I have not been in a yoga laughter class (yet), but it reminds me that when I worked for the Government they organized a lunch-and-laugh event, and it was great too. We all left with tears in our eyes and holding our bellies, and I kept laughing all day.

      Thanks for your feedback, it's greatly appreciated. :)

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile image

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ

      Thanks, I have actually done a laughter yoga class, it was great, I strongly recommend it.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      There is nothing better than a good laugh...And we laugh a lot...Life has enough funny moments...thanks for sharing all this laughingly funny information. Voted up and shared.

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