Anxiety is a part of life. Almost all humans on this planet has felt anxious at one point in their life. Many of us have come to accept this. But many of us have also heard of the saying that laughter is the best medicine. Many studies have shown that laughter and humor make us feel goo and is beneficial to our health and well being. Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of the connection between the immune, endocrine and nervous systems. Studies show that people who laugh more have a healthier immune system, have better memory and are more creative at work and play. Best of all they have lower stress levels.
There are also studies that say that laughter reduces pain. Aside from the distraction it provides, it increases the body’s production of endorphins which is the body’s natural pain killer. It helps ease muscle tension and induces relaxation, which is why people who suffer from anxiety should try to find humor or funny situations.
Smiling, laughing and chuckling make us happy. Happy people are less anxious and more relaxed. Scientists refer to laughing as “inner jogging” because many muscles are engaged when one is laughing. Our facial muscles move, so does our abdomen, diaphragm, shoulder and rib muscles. Initially blood pressure and pulse rate will rise but will drop below baseline afterwards. This is very similar to exercise. When we laugh our hearts are exercised and lungs filled with oxygen. These effects are similar to deep breathing exercises which are known to help ease anxiety and stress.
So when anxious try to watch a funny movie or read a funny book. This will help keep your mind occupied and distracted and will help ease anxiety and tension from your body. Happy people are less prone to anxiety and panic attacks. When you see a sad or anxious friend or if you’re feeling anxious and sad yourself, distract yourself with laughter. It is indeed the best medicine around.