Giggles and guidance...
Therapeutic laughter sounds a little silly, but it's very healing and has many health benefits. Laughter therapy, one of the key non-pharmacological interventions, is a universal approach to reducing stress and anxiety. From ancient times, laughter has influenced cognitive behavior to improve and establish healthy physical, psychological, and social relationships. Studies have documented the positive role of laughter in enhancing the quality of life.
Laughter & Emotions
Laughter is known to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression by suppressing the bioactivities of stress hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol. Laughter has been shown to enhance the activities of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which are responsible for regulating mood. Reduced activities of these neurotransmitters are linked to depression. The expression of emotion is related to the balance of the three monoamine neurotransmitters: norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin.
Laugh Your Best Life
Laughter is a natural expression of positive emotions that can be broadly categorized into five different types. It has a wide range of benefits, including improved cognitive functions, respiration, pain tolerance threshold, and reduced stress hormones. These effects cumulatively improve psychological well-being, leading laughter therapy to be used in enhancing psychosocial behaviors and overall quality of life.
Laughter therapy for the BIG D
Depression is one of the frequently observed mental disorders, and clinical depression needs pharmacological intervention. Laughter can mitigate the adverse consequences of stress and reduce depression by releasing neurotransmitters. While it is not always possible to dissociate confounding factors, laughter therapy tends to increase the sense of well-being across age groups and genders including vulnerable elderly individuals.
Lessons In Laughter
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