Is Laughter Really the Best Stress Medicine For Dealing With Stress?

There are so many ways to deal with stress depending on whether you are looking for a long term solution or a rough and ready quick fix.  But one of my favorites is laughter.  This is one of the best ways to raise your mood, lower your cortisol levels and increase your serotonin.   But it’s not just me…  Here’s what Joe Golson, a guest contributor has to say about it.

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There are so many different things that we have to go through in life on a regular basis and one of the more difficult is the stress that we may be experiencing. Some of us have stress at home, and this can be some of the more difficult to deal with, especially because we tend to need to deal with it on our own.

Stress at work is also difficult to handle and many of us may find ourselves in a situation where we are doing the job of two people but only getting the appreciation that would come to one person. In order to overcome these problems, an outlet needs to be found.

There is an old saying that laughter is the best stress medicine, and many of us tend to agree that it is an excellent way for us to be able to overcome the stress that we are feeling. A few moments of laughing can help to lighten our mood and makes the problems that we are experiencing during the day vanish from before our eyes.

Unlike other forms of stress relief, such as stretching or meditation, laughter is not always going to be the appropriate way for you to be able to get rid of your stress. If you have the time to be able to do it, however, there is nothing quite like it.

One of the things that I found to be very beneficial was to keep several comedy CDs in the car for the trip home. I often enjoy listening to something that is going to expand my mind whenever I am in the car. For example, I have gotten somewhat comfortable with several languages because I was listening to language CDs whenever I was on my way to work.

My time on the way home from work, however, is dedicated to de-stressing so that I don’t carry it all home with me. That is why I find that laughing on way home from work is an excellent way to forget about my problems.

If you find that a lot of your stress is coming from home, laughter may also be able to help to diffuse some difficult situations. Always make sure that you keep this in mind and try to make light of things whenever it is appropriate. You could also try to add some type of laughter into your entertainment as well. Keep in mind, a little bit of laughter can go a long way when dealing with stress because laughter is the best stress medicine.

About the Author:
Joe Golson – Natural Health And Wellness Enthusiast,writer and promoter of GNLD Natural Health And Wellness products.For other natural health information on how to
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Self Esteem Boosted Through Pig Interaction

[ad name=”HTML”]This article by Sally Marks is wonderfully inspiring.  I hope you enjoy the sentiments as much as I did….

“I went for a stroll last night.  I thought I was alone, but I wasn’t.  As I walked down the sidewalk I heard the sound of munching.  I assumed that some type of critter was enjoying an evening meal.  It was dark and I wasn’t wearing my glasses, so I didn’t bother looking around.  I just ambled toward the community mail box with my Visa payment in hand, ignored my surroundings, and let my brain cycle through its thoughts.

For the most part I enjoy my little musings, just like I enjoy my dreams.  But every once in a while my mind gets stuck on an idea or situation that annoys me, and I have trouble shaking loose from it.  I was chanting, “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” and reciting a few affirmations regarding my upcoming book, Erase Negativity and Embrace the Magic Within.  In spite of my efforts, a few errant concepts were buzzing around like flies.  I shooed them away, but they kept returning, ready to spread their filth on my cleaner intentions.

Part of the annoyance is my impatience with getting my book published.  I know that messages of optimism and hope are badly needed, but book publishers have their own agenda and timeline.  They say later and I say “NOW!”  Normally I’m a patient individual, but I am human and I have my limits.  Part of my problem is I veered a bit off course with my original intention.  The sole purpose of writing the book was to help people, but somewhere along the line, my self esteem got involved in the mix.  Every day that I encountered a setback, rejection, or no response at all – I’d get frustrated, angry, or worst of all – sad.

I was making a mistake that I lecture others about – looking outside oneself for validation and acceptance.  In my lapse of judgment, I was feeling like a failure because publishers were not jumping up and down to publish my book.  The problem is I have no control over what others think or do.  If I had good news, I felt great. Bad news and I was upset.  This is a very defeating way to look at things because I was handing over my happiness to the whim of others.  That’s like handing the car keys over to an impaired driver and then getting upset when the car comes back with a dent.

Fortunately, I know better than to indulge in a pity party.  Been there, done that, and I know how the story goes.  So instead, I reviewed this excerpt from the book (written by my co-author, Jackie.)

One of the greatest lessons a person must learn is acceptance of self, or taking  total responsibility for one’s own thoughts, works and actions. This means maturity and loving yourself, filling yourself up with joy. When you have done this, acceptance is no longer an issue nor is it important. You have made peace within you and the world around you. You like the person you are just as you are.

Louie Pasqual, an 18th century philosopher once said “I am concerned about Western man because he could not be alone with himself in an empty room.” In effect, this means we need to go inside ourselves and find our acceptance, peace, joy and love and learn to connect with the power within ourselves. Until we are able to do this, we will never truly be happy and whole. This is what releasing negativity is about, starting the joinery to find the joy within. The only way to do this is change the way we think and perceive the world and people around us. Accepting the only path that can be changed and improved is through your own efforts and not the opinion of others.

Back to my stroll (you thought I really wandered off topic didn’t you?)  As I was walking back home, a car was driving slowly by and came to a halt.  I thought they were going to ask me for directions.  Instead, they asked if I saw the herd of javelina that was in the desert basin.  I realized that I had walked by the beasts, but was so intent on my thoughts, that I hadn’t seen them.  And it wasn’t one or two of the critters – there was a whole herd – mothers and babies, happily munching on the desert fauna.

I was so caught up in my thoughts (and many of them unhappy thoughts at that!) that I was oblivious to a wondrous sight (and maybe even a potentially dangerous one).

The bottom line is I am more than my back account, my career, my writing, my family and any number of things that I use to identify myself.  There are wonderful things right in front of my face that I can choose to see, or ignore.  There is a saying that we can see the moon that is thousands of miles away, but cannot see our own eyebrows without a mirror.  The same is true about our inner beauty.

How ironic that it was a stranger in a car and a herd of wild pigs that helped me see the hidden treasure that was there all along.”

 

Sally Marks is the president of Marks Public Relations and the co-author of the self-help book, Erase Negativity and Embrace the Magic Within. Check out her blog at www.erasenegativity.blogspot.com.   Article Source:http://www.articlesbase.com/advice-articles/self-esteem-boosted-through-pig-interaction-1291460.html