The benefits of laughing off stress

Just like taxes, stress is one of those things we unfortunately have to live with. Sometimes it can work to your benefit, acting as a motivating factor to get things done. But emerging evidence has demonstrated that it also may compromise the immune system and your health. So it’s important to learn how to control stress. Luckily there’s a remedy that’s fast, free and fun: laughter.

Physical benefits

  • Similar to exercise, laughter temporarily increases heart rate and decreases blood pressure, and is followed by muscle relaxation
  • Increases endorphins in the body

Emotional benefits

  • It can reduce stress by providing positive ways to look at problems
  • Helps foster friendships and relationships
  • Helps you feel better emotionally

Intellectual benefits

  • Influences creativity and imagination by creating a positive outlook
  • Enhances morale, resilience and belief in one’s abilities