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Laugh Your Way to Better Health

Wednesday, March 15th 2023 10:00am 9 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Laughter is often described as the best medicine, and for good reason. It has been shown to have a range of health benefits, from reducing stress to improving cardiovascular health. In this article, we will focus on several of the most significant health benefits of laughter: its ability to reduce stress and more.

Laughter helps reduce stress

Stress is a common problem that affects many people today. From work pressure to financial difficulties, stress can arise from many different sources. While some stress can be helpful in motivating you to take action, too much stress can be harmful and lead to negative health outcomes.

One way to reduce stress is by laughing. Research has shown that laughter can have a direct effect on the stress response in the body. When you laugh, your body releases endorphins, which are natural feel-good chemicals that can help you relax and improve your mood. In addition, laughter also reduces the level of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline in the body, which can help to alleviate stress and anxiety.

A study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing found that laughter can significantly reduce stress levels in patients undergoing chemotherapy. The study followed a group of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment and measured their stress levels before and after a laughter intervention. The intervention involved watching a funny video, and the researchers found that laughter reduced stress levels in the patients, as well as reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Another study published in the International Journal of Stress Management found that humor and laughter can help to reduce the negative effects of stress on the body. The study found that watching a humorous video reduced the level of cortisol in the body, which is a hormone that is associated with stress. The researchers also found that laughter can help to improve the immune system, which can be weakened by chronic stress.

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