The holidays are a wonderful time of year but it can also be a very stressful time. One of the best ways to reduce stress during the holidays is to find some “me time” everyday and try to laugh. Laugh about your day or something on TV; it does not really matter as long as you enjoy it.
Laughing has many health benefits both long and short term. Short term, laughing soothe tension by stimulating circulation which promotes muscle relaxation. Laughing increases the amount of endorphins released by the brain, which boost your mood. Laughter increases your heart rate and blood pressure causing you to feel relaxed after.
Laughter long-term improves your immune system by improving your mood with positive thoughts helping to reduce stress. Personal satisfaction is increased because laughter makes it easier to cope with difficult situations. Laughter causes your body to produce its own natural painkiller.
This holiday season laugh at life’s little annoyances and try to find the humor in difficult situations. Remember laughter is the best medicine.