If you had to find a single best, one-size-fits-all solution to reduce stress, it has to be laughter. Laughter is the purest form of human expression that transcends all ages, castes, creeds, religions and other differences.
Time and again, research has shown that laughter is the best medicine. It lowers your blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and boosts your immune system.Laughter is a natural killer of stress because it loosens the body and makes you feel free.
The most important thing that laughter does to you is causing movement. It makes you shake, move and giggle. This helps relax the body and releases endorphins – the natural painkillers in the body. Combine this with the greater intake and use of oxygen in the body and you have the perfect recipe for relaxation and stress reduction.
Stress and anxiety can easily be cured through laughter. And you don’t even have to laugh loudly, even a smile works wonders. When you get up in the morning, make it a habit to smile a big grin that brighten ups your face. Think of nothing, just smile. Now, get out of your bed and start your day. You’ll never feel stressed throughout the day.
People often ask how to relieve stress and look for some magic pill that can help cure them. We often overlook the magic pill that’s in use since we were born – laughter. Laughter will not only help you manage stress, it will make you a happy and gleeful person overall – someone people would love to hang out with.
I usually read up a joke book and laugh at even the stupidest joke inside it just to get my mind off stress. You may rent some comedy movies (there’s a whole plethora of them) or join a laughter club or even start one yourself. You can visit a comic show or just hang out with friends cracking jokes. The key is to take a break from the normal thought processes of the brain and find inner peace.
So laugh – louder and more often because it will make you feel light, alive and healthy. And you’ll not even know where the stress went all of a sudden. Make it a point to laugh at least three times daily until it takes the form of a habit. Remember, the world’s only free medicine is laughter so use it plenty.
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