Friday, March 2, 2018

Laughter Is Good Medicine

Stress and the symptoms associated with stress affect more people every day. Often the stress is left unchecked which makes controlling the stress symptoms, such as weight gain, low energy, and sleep deprivation, more difficult.

There are many wonderful supplements that help reduce stress symptoms, lower stress levels directly, and balance hormones. Of course eating healthy is important. But there’s a very simple, natural, approach you may overlook: Laughter.

Laughing has a positive effect on hormones and stress. Laughter decreases the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. If you are dealing with adrenaline dominance or adrenal fatigue, laughing can help control these hormones.

Laughing increases endorphins. Endorphins create a positive state of mind and boosts optimism. It stimulates feelings of caring and forgiveness. In addition to making you feel happy, endorphins act as a natural pain killer.

Depression is a negative emotion associated with stress and adrenaline dominance. Depression, along with anger and anxiety, can be caused by a thought or feeling that has been buried deep within. Laughter can help dislodge a blocked emotion that is causing depression.

Laughing can help increase growth hormones that improve immune function. While stress can suppress the immune system, laughter may help boost the immune system. Laughter also helps improve circulation and is a natural muscle relaxer.

Take time out of your busy day to laugh. Laugh often. Laugh alone or laugh with friends and family. The important thing is to laugh more to improve overall health and reduce stress.

by John Connor, CNC

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