Coping Skill – Laughter

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills”

-Audrey Hepburn


Have your ever had a tense or difficult moment broken up with laughter?

Can you remember how you felt?

It’s very hard to feel stressed, depressed or anxious after a laughing fit.

There are many mental and physical benefits to laughter.


Laughter has numerous mental health benefits. Here are some reasons why:

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural feel-good chemicals that can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression.

Laughter can help improve mood, increase feelings of happiness and well-being, and provide a sense of emotional release.

Laughter can improve social connections and strengthen relationships by fostering a sense of shared joy and positivity.

Laughter can help promote resilience and a positive outlook, which can be beneficial for coping with difficult or stressful situations.

Laughter can improve cognitive functioning, including memory and creativity, by increasing blood flow and oxygenation to the brain.

Laughter can help reduce physical symptoms of stress and tension, such as muscle tension, headaches, and fatigue.

Laughter can provide a sense of perspective and help individuals find humor in challenging or difficult situations, which can improve mental resilience and emotional well-being.

Laughter has numerous physical health benefits. Here are some reasons why:

Laughter can boost the immune system by increasing the production of antibodies and activating immune cells.

Laughter can decrease stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, which can lead to a reduction in physical symptoms of stress and tension, including muscle pain and headaches.

Laughter can increase blood flow and oxygenation to the body, which can improve cardiovascular health and help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Laughter can improve respiratory function by promoting deeper breathing and increasing lung capacity.

Laughter can improve digestion by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes and promoting healthy gut bacteria.

Laughter can help reduce pain by releasing endorphins, which are natural painkillers that can help alleviate pain and discomfort.

Laughter can promote relaxation and help improve sleep, which can have numerous physical health benefits, including reducing inflammation and improving overall well-being.


Laughing is a great way to relieve stress, improve mood, and boost overall well-being. Here are some tips on how to laugh more often:

  1. Watch comedies: Watching a funny movie or TV show can be a great way to get a good laugh.
  2. Spend time with funny people: Spending time with people who make you laugh can be contagious and lift your spirits.
  3. Attend live comedy shows: Attending a live comedy show can be a fun and entertaining way to get a good laugh.
  4. Try laughter yoga: Laughter yoga is a practice that involves laughter exercises and breathing techniques to promote laughter and stress relief.
  5. Read humorous books or articles: Reading humorous books or articles can be a great way to add more laughter to your day.
  6. Share funny stories or jokes: Sharing funny stories or jokes with friends and family can be a fun way to spread laughter and joy.
  7. Don’t take life too seriously: Try not to take yourself or life too seriously and find the humor in everyday situations.







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