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benefits of laughterLaughter is an amazing thing. In life, we continuously face tough choices, negative interactions, and stress-filled days. When you add in mental health concerns, it is easy to get stuck in a rut and focus on the negative. Remembering to stop and enjoy every day is essential. It is okay–and healthy–to take time to laugh and relax. We live in a society that glamorizes continually being busy and productive. Learning to stop and have a good laugh is immensely important to your well-being. Here are a couple of benefits you may experience as you take the time to laugh and enjoy yourself.

Relaxes and Revitalizes

Laughing helps us relax. As we sit with family, friends, or even in front of the television, those funny moments can help us unwind from the day. It helps us to forget our stress, bad day, or upcoming worries–at least for a little while. We all need to relax to avoid the inevitable burnout if we don’t make time to relax.

Releases Endorphins

Laughter causes our brain to release the “feel-good” endorphins that we all enjoy. Sometimes we have so much going on that we feel guilty about enjoying ourselves. Learn to accept the fact that it is good for you to take that time to laugh and feel better. It is good for your mind and body to pause your stressful life and enjoy yourself more.

Decreases Anger

Laughter can also decrease anger. Anger is a complicated emotion that typically consists of many feelings, all bottled together. Laughter helps you calm down in the moment and may help you realize that the situation is not as bad as it seems. When we laugh, we can let other negative emotions go. Laughter has the ability to squash arguments and brings a lighter mood to many situations.

Laughter can bring people together in a positive way and lighten tense or stressful situations. When we laugh, we can put life on pause and enjoy ourselves. We can feel those happy endorphins coursing through us and simply enjoy the moment. Sometimes it is hard to find reasons to laugh. It can be hard to know why we are not able to laugh and be happy like so many other people. Here at The Guest House, we are ready to help you better understand what you are feeling, and we can teach you the tools and skills needed to work through any challenge. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about how we can help you.