Thursday, December 13, 2007

Laughter is the best medicine

I found this useful article about the benefits of laughter. Stop taking youself too seriously and start laughing your way to effective stress management, Here is how and why laughter is truly the best medicine:

  • Laugh initiates the release of beta-endorphins, those same natural relaxants that are released during exercise. Endorphins make you feel good and protect the immune system by decreasing cortisol, an immune system suppressor.
  • By looking at the humorous side of life, you shift your thinking away from a situation, clearing the way for stress relief.
  • Psychologist at the University of California-Davis, describe laughter as the perfect antidote to tension. It stimulates the immune systems, off-setting the immunosuppressive effects of stress.
  • Laughter helps you move away from anger and toward a positive closeness to other people, and positive social contact with others is essential for stress management.

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