How many times did you laugh today? Did you know that children laugh more times than adults? It is said that an average baby laughs 300-400 times a day compared to an average adult who laughs only 15-20 times a day.
Laughter is one of the best emotional and physical therapies for anyone under stress. Laughing releases endorphins into the brain. Endorphins are like the nerve-numbing drug morphine and serve to reduce harmful chemicals in the body that are released by stress.
As you know ﬁrst-hand, one of the best ways to increase comfort in negative
situations is to break the ice with laughter. When everyone is thinking the worst or feeling anxious about a situation, laughter can dissipate the tension just enough to give everyone a more manageable perspective on an issue.
Of course, serious issues deserve a focused approach. But whenever laughter can be introduced, the resulting release in tension can be a tremendous opportunity to lift above the doom and gloom so we can clarify our minds. We can then think more effectively about solutions for the problem at hand.
The Physical Benefits of Laughter
Lowers stress hormones
Relaxes your muscles
Prevents heart disease
The Mental Benefits of Laughter
Adds joy and zest to life
Eases anxiety and fear
A good ol’ fashioned chuckle is an easy and cost-free way to relieve tension.
Laughter can help make difﬁcult family or work situations more bearable.
If you’re using laughter to break the ice for guests, be wary of their comfort level. Select one or two games where big laughter occurs, but don’t be too adamant about creating a big laugh every time.
If you have tender relations at home, think about using laughter to set the mood before attempting to talk about more serious issues. Laughter won’t make problems disappear, but it can soften the mood, which can lead to more open communication.
Get in the habit of laughing more often! Use these tips as suggestions to get
you started and you’ll soon be ﬁnding more and more ways to enjoy your life!
Book Recommendation for this Podcast –
The ability to laugh at annoyances, crises, and even outright disasters can literally save your life. The author presents a series of proven techniques for overcoming the negative effects of loss, setbacks, upsets, disappointments, trials, and tribulations.