The Healthy Side Effects of Laughter

It’s true!

Laughter really is the best medicine.

 

We start most of our corporate sessions with a disclaimer, laughter is good and it is welcome in our sessions. That isn’t just because we are easy going, it is also because laughter eases tension, it bumps up your endorphin levels (more about that here). Similar to chronic stress, laughter has both short and long term effects, and some of these effects are very similar to those achieved with mindfulness and meditation.

The more you laugh
The more you fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more we’re a merrier we
— Mary Poppins

This article has a veritable wealth of information on the benefits of laughter. The Coles notes is, that a good giggle has both positive physical and mental effects. Not only can it make you feel better, but it can also help with conflict resolution, both in your romantic, and work relationships.

When you use humour in a difficult situation, it works by dissipating the tension and helps to create important bonding moments. Humour and it’s ensuing merriment helps neutralize any power struggles, and allows you to be less defensive and present in the moment.

 

The beauty of laughter is that even when you force it, simulated laughter can be just as good as the authentic natural - bubbling from the bottom of your belly - laughter. Not only that, but laughter and its hilarity are contagious, spreading happiness with every chortle. If you want to explore a little laughter meditation we can help bring the joy.