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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When Should You Dance Like Gene Kelly?

When It Rains, DanceA child laughs around 300 times a day; an adult, just fifteen.  That is a shocking fact!  And it may go at least some way to explaining why we all feel so much more stress as we grow older.


Stress is a killer.  It is linked to heart disease, stroke and is implicated as a contributory factor in cancer, Alzheimer’s and other serious illnesses.  Yet one stress buster is so easily available. 


Laughter.


Laughter is a natural antidote to stress because in the moment when you are laughing, your brain experiences a natural boost of feel good endorphins, which help give you a more optimistic outlook and act to reduce your stress hormone levels. You physically relax and that improves your mood still further.


Happy people laugh more.  People who laugh more are happier.  It is a self fulfilling cycle.  And just as your experience of stress is what you perceive it to be, so happiness is largely a decision.  You can just decide to be happy. 


 “If you want to be happy, be” (Leo Tolstoy)


So why is it that more people do not make the most of this natural form of stress relief?  Have adults simply forgotten how to laugh?


One of my own theories is that, unless sullied by adults, children look for the good in the world.  They look for fun and seek delight.  They enjoy the moment and laugh at the smallest thing.  And they make others happy too.


“Whoever is happy will make others happy too” (Anne Frank)


And yet as people grow older, they see more of the world that dismays them.  They stop looking for the good in everything.  They stop living in the moment and start living a “jam tomorrow lifestyle.”  They become sarcastic and critical.  They live as if it is a crime to be happy.


If you have fallen into this rut, and who has not from time to time, recognise that you are in a rut.  It is not always easy to climb out and become happier because that means you have to change your mindset.  But if you want to be happier, laugh more and be less stressed, changing your mindset is exactly what you have to do.  So decide to do it.


Start small.  Be grateful for what you have in life.  Tell your loved ones that you love them.  Download my free ebook.  Smile.  And next time you get caught in the rain, do not frown.  Dance like Gene Kelly.