Home    About Us    Services    Forum    Recent Articles    Contact Us
 

The Power of Laughter

They say that laughter is the best medicine and they’re not wrong. Not only is laughing fun to do but it has long-term health benefits, especially for mental health. And it also contributes to you leading a longer (and happier!) life.

Dr. Tim Sharp, a psychologist from the Happiness Institute in Sydney, Australia maintains that laughter has positive benefits, both physiologically and psychologically. Sharp claims that: “People who see the funnier side of things tend to be more resilient. These people are also able to see things from a different perspective.”

Laughing clubs have sprung up around the world as a response to the research that started back when Norman Cousins locked himself in a hotel room and watched funny movies for weeks and ultimately cured himself of a disease about which the doctors had said: “Sorry, mate.”

Laughter is good for weight loss, makes you more productive at work, obviously improves your interpersonal relationships and generally makes life go a whole lot smoother. When we laugh our blood pressure drops and can remain lower for some hours after. Endorphins, those feel-good hormones that have such a good reputation these days, are also released after a good chuckle.

It goes without saying that laughter is an excellent stress release. Just when you feel like you might explode with frustration at the situation you’re in, along comes a wise-cracking friend and “whoosh!” — all the stress just melts away, as oxygen is pumped into our bodies and our blood pressure drops.

For those suffering from low grade depression, laughter clubs can be a real boon. Not only do these clubs provide a social outlet, but the physical act of regular laughter helps to slowly chase those blues away. Even the anticipation of going to a laughter club or indeed, watching a funny movie can be enough to get those endorphins flowing and your mind ticking over nicely.

Laughter definitely is a valuable tool to be added to your arsenal of stress reducing exercises.


Visit our forums to discuss this article

Back to Articles on Stress Management

Return to Home Page