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The Benefits Of Laughter

We can all take life too seriously at times and fail to see the funny side of things. When you are very stressed you will notice that you don't laugh much at all. However there are many benefits of laughter, including it being one of the best forms of stress relief.

So what are the benefits of laughter?

Reduces stress hormones. Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones in your body, strengthening your immune system and reducing the impact of stress on you.

Increases stress busting endorphins. Laughter increases the level of the natural feel good chemicals in your body - endorphins, just like taking exercise.

A workout for your muscles. A good laugh exercises your stomach muscles, as well as many other muscles in your body, including your heart.

Reduces tension. After you have had a good laugh you feel a release of emotional and physical tension, resulting in you being more calm and relaxed.

Helps the workings of your body. Laughter stimulates your circulatory, respiratory, vascular and nervous systems, which all help to keep you in good health.

Increases energy and motivation. Laughter increases your energy and motivation levels, making you more focused and productive.

Changes perspective. After you have had a good laugh you will find that you look at things from a different and more positive perspective.

Increases creativity. Laughter can give you the space to be creative, by distracting you from the day to day.

Feel better. Laughing makes you feel better, whatever you are doing. It is very difficult to be stressed or anxious when you are laughing.

Improves communication. Laughter is a great way to improve communication with others and to build better relationships with those around you.

Next time you are feeling stressed or are taking life too seriously, remember to look for the funny side of things, laugh at yourself and with others, have fun and enjoy yourself.

Here are some laughter quotations to inspire you:

"The human race has a really effective weapon and that is laughter." Mark Twain

"Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine." Lord Byron

"What soap is to the body. Laughter is to the soul." A Yiddish Proverb

Author: Liz Makin
Published: November 2009

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