Embrace laughter as a tool for wellbeing! We can laugh ourselves happier, healthier and less stressed. Its a way of letting go. Its also social glue.
Laughter for Mental Health and Wellbeing
75% of illness is stress related. When we feel stressed or under pressure, laughter often goes out of our life. Laughter is a great stress buster. The stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, are reduced following laughter. At the same time, the happy hormones (endorphins) are released, relaxing the body and mind, creating a natural high.
We are born knowing how to laugh. Then as we grow older we may laugh less due to the demands and expectations of modern life. Even if we feel that there is nothing to laugh about we still can learn to bring more laughter into our life because it can help us feel better. By learning techniques which increase the opportunity to laugh, we can increase our ability to cope with life's challenges.
Laughter helps increase happiness and gives us tools for managing stressful situations. This is because of the physiological changes brought about by laughter. For example, laughter releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller, and natural antidepressants (seratonin and dopamine); it neutralises stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol), and boosts our immune system which can be less effective when stressed. And when you laugh with other people, a connection is made with them, building confidence and self esteem.
Feelgood Communities runs public Laughter Clubs in Manchester, the Laughter Festival and Championships, Laughter On Prescription, and workshops for groups. Join us for a laugh or invite us to run a session for your own organisation or group!