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What makes you laugh?

Why do we all love watching comedy? Right, because it makes us feel good! Laughing is an excellent way to reduce stress in our lives, and can help you to cope with and survive a stressful lifestyle.

Laughter provides a full-scale workout for your muscles and unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins. Since our bodies cannot distinguish between real and fake laughter, anything that makes you giggle will have a positive impact.  You do not need to be happy or have a sense of humour to benefit from a good laugh.

Laughter therapy aims to get people laughing in both group and individual sessions and can help reduce stress, make people and employees happier and more committed, as well as improve their interpersonal skills.

How Can It Help?

Laughter alone is not a curmaxresdefaulte, but it promote mental and physical health and alleviates several conditions. Laughing often can combat anxiety and depression. People with eczema note improved complexions after consistently watching comedies. Allergy patients report lesser symptoms when they laugh regularly. Some cancer-treatment centers prescribe “laughter therapy” into treatment plans to boost the positive thinking that supports healing. Some military personnel are being trained to use laughter to relieve stress that could cause post-traumatic stress disorder.

Psychologists studying the science of happiness believe that practicing certain positive behaviors like laughter can bring the pleasure, engagement and meaning that comprise happiness [source: Jameson].


Why Is Laughter So Good For You?

Laughter sets off a chain reaction throughout the body that promotes physical and psychological health. Regular and frequent guffawing can both prevent illness and help you get well. Laughter lowers your body’s hormone and cortisol levels. (Cortisol is a stress-induced chemical that can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and excess belly fat.) Laughter also strengthens your immune system because it increases the production of antibodies in your saliva and in your bloodstream to stave off bacteria, viruses and parasites.