Monday, May 2, 2022

Is laughter really the best medicine? 



Most of us have heard it, or read it on a sign in our grandparents living room, “laughter is the best medicine.” Could it be true? According to the Mayo clinic laughter can have some pretty strong positive correlations when it comes to stress relief. Some short term effects of laughter can be as follows: stimulating your organs and releasing endorphins into your body. Ever laughed so hard you couldn’t breathe? Well those moments after when you finally catch your breath can help send oxygen to places like your brain and also releases dopamine(pleasure & motivation) and endorphins (feel good chemicals) into your body. Laughter also helps cool down your stress response. Do you have cortisol (STRESS) racing through your bloodstream? Well it turns out a good belly chuckle can help decrease your heart rate and your blood pressure and help relieve your body of that stress. 

If you aren’t already sold (really what more could I say?) laughter also has some LONG TERM EFFECTS, that's right you heard it first folks laughter can improve your mood, improve your immune system, relieve pain, and even increase personal satisfaction. Laughter has shown to help lessen stress, depression and anxiety as well as improve your self-esteem. Feeling stressed? Laugh! You can laugh at a friend (or with..), laugh at dog videos or even laugh at yourself. It turns out that laughter really could be the best medicine. So throw away your apples, and instead have a laugh. AND REMEMBER, self care is NOT a joke, but joking could be self care. 

Take care of yourself folks, laugh a little (or a LOT)! 

Resources: 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art -20044456#:~:text=Improve%20your%20mood.&text=Laughter%20can%20help%20les sen%20your,also%20improve%20your%20self%2Desteem.

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