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The Easiest Way to Reduce Stress (and You’ll Love Doing It)

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 9:00 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
iStock_000003309008_MediumI’m not sure there’s a day that doesn’t include stress in my world. Whether it be work-related, family-related, or just plain adult life-related, it’s always there. We read articles that say to beat stress you should meditate, get a good night of sleep, or exercise. Sometimes there just isn’t time for that, but there is always time for this fast, no-cost solution. Laughter. When they say laughter is the best medicine, they’re right.

Nothing works faster to bring you back into balance than a good laugh. You can feel it the minute you start – you begin to feel calmer and it immediately brightens your mood. I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t take much for me to burst into giggles (in fact I’ve earned the nickname “Giggle Queen”), but we’re not all the same. Find whatever makes you laugh and take a minute to enjoy the giggles. Whether it be cat videos, a good joke, or a memory of something hilarious that happened, take a break and have a good laugh. You’ll enjoy a host of benefits for mental and emotional health, but also physical benefits as well. Want to know how laughter affects your body? Let’s break it down.

  1. Laughter reduces the effects of stress hormones which lowers your stress and anxiety levels
  2. Laughter increases the production of antibodies which helps to protect your immune system
  3. Laughter burns calories (10-15 minutes of laughter can burn anywhere between 10-40 calories)
  4. Laughter lowers systolic blood pressure and relaxes your muscles
  5. Laughter releases endorphins and increases your pain tolerance

See, there’s no reason not to laugh! Make it a goal to laugh everyday and enjoy the benefits that come along with it.

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