There is truth to that old saying “Laughter is the best medicine”.
Not that laughter really is the best medicine, but it does have both short-term and long-term benefits that help with our physical and mental health. This speaks to the mind-body connection.
Laughter helps with anxiety and depression. It helps people release fears, anger, and stress. Laughter can make it easier to cope with difficult situations. Also, laughing with others – with, not at the expense of, others – strengthens the bond in these relationships.
Physically, some short-term benefits of a good laugh include increased endorphins, increased blood flow, and muscle relation. Long-term benefits include strengthening your immune system and relieving pain.
Here are some ways to bring more laughter into your life:
- Spend time with people who laugh easily – at themselves, at life’s absurdities, and at everyday events.
- Laugh at yourself – comedians are great role models for laughing at yourself
- Look for the humor in a bad situation
- Keep reminders around you – on your desk, car, mirror – to remind yourself to find the humor in things
I like to bring humor into the therapeutic setting when appropriate. But the good news about laughter therapy is that you can do it on your own. I am in the middle of binge watching the sitcom New Girl. I laugh out loud at that show and my mood has improved. I encourage you to find your go-to’s that help you find the silver lining in the difficulties of life.
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If you have any questions, need more information, or would like to make an appointment, you can call me at 301-279-7779, email me at BethLCounseling@aol.com, or use the form below.
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker • Over 15 years of experience • Certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist and Supervisor • Member of The Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Work • Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy • Member of Clinical Social Work Association • Member of National Association of Social Workers
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