Stress Relief Tool – Laughter

Learn the benefits of laughter in helping you with stress relief.

You’ve probably heard the old adage “laughter is the best medicine”, and science backs this up. Many studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of laughter. Laughing during a humorous film elevates the pain threshold and can help break the cycle between pain, sleep loss, depression, and immunosuppression. Laughter lowers blood pressure, epinephrine, and glucose levels, and increases glucose tolerance. Humor and laughter produce a discharge of endorphins with both euphoric and calming effects that provide stress relief.1

Think about how good it feels to laugh out loud, and if you are lucky – laugh so hard that tears come to you eyes. And one of the great things about laughter is that it is contagious. Have you ever been in a room where other people are laughing hysterically and you can’t help yourself but smile and laugh also?

And the really amazing thing is that you don’t need a humorous film, joke or funny situation in order to use laughter to your advantage. Using the technique of Laughter Yoga, you simulate a deep hearty laughing session and you still get the clinical benefits of laughing – 28 percent drop in stress levels2 – even though there is nothing funny you are laughing at.

Here’s a quick and easy Laughter Yoga exercise to give a try:

  1. Imagine receiving a bill that’s due or a report card that isn’t complimentary.  Pretend to open it in your hands and start laughing.
  2. Show the imaginary bill or report card to others and keep laughing – the louder the better!
  3. Breathe in deeply, notice how good it feels to laugh, and you are now ready to get back to your day.

 

  1. Khajuria, K. – Laughter Is The Best Medicine
  2. Laughter Yoga – Curious About Laughter Yoga

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

2 comments

Deborah Bowerman

That was awesome Pete you did a great job I’m going to try this when my bills come in

Pete Alexander

Thanks Debbie! Hopefully it works for you as well as it does me!

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