Sunday, August 2, 2009

Laughter Relieves Stress and Pain.

Laugh and the world laughs with you. We all know how infectious laughter is, but did you know that it can be a natural remedy for stress relief?

I worried for years about my young niece and nephew who were left fatherless when my brother died of lymphoma. The kids had grown up to be smart and good students. It bothered me that they were not interested in any thought provoking or serious movies. All they wanted to watch were comedies.

With the current medical research about laughter, I know now that without even realizing it, they were using laughter as a natural remedy for stress relief from a life of being different than the other kids – a life without a Dad.

Now, people have taken laughter to new heights. Did you know there are laughter yoga clubs springing up everywhere around the country and the world? Many of those clubs are in a business environment where a quick fix for stress relief is at a premium. The best part is that this natural remedy is not only quick, it’s free.

This natural remedy for stress relief is so important, because high levels of stress can lead to depression. Research shows that laughter quickly brings down the levels of stress-related hormones and brings balance back to the bloodstream.

It is believed the stress hormones are replaced with endorphins when you laugh whether it is real or faked. Endorphins, in turn, are believed to produce euphoric feelings, sex hormones, and decrease the appetite. Endorphins, which are released during exercise, create a phenomenon called the “runners high.”

So, laugh, shed your stress, loose weight, and have more intimacy.

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