Laughter really is the best medicine. Laughing not only gives us an internal workout and stimulates circulation but can help to reduce levels of stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling calm and confident.
As a stress-buster, laughter is one of the most powerful resources available. In fact, some psychologists believe humour has the opposite effect of stress.
Humour acts like floss for the mind – cleaning out the cobwebs that clutter our thoughts so we can focus more clearly. It also helps us to put our worries in perspective, so we can avoid having a meltdown when problems arise.
Physically, a good laugh acts like a wonder drug. Laughing relieves tension in the neck and shoulder area, naturally massages our internal organs, oxygenates the lungs, reduces blood pressure, reduces stress-inducing chemicals and increases pain-killing endorphins.
One doctor found that 20 seconds of laughter is the same caloric workout as three minutes on a rowing machine, while another study found that laughter works faster