How Laughter Therapy Can Relax Muscles and Relieve Stress

Laughter therapy essentially teaches you how to laugh in order to relax and relieve stress. It not only helps you to relax emotionally, but physically as well. Laughing about silly things at work or in stressful situations can help you to better deal with life. This can keep you from becoming over-stressed or physically ill.


Laughter is an outward expression of happiness and joy or a response to humor. It can be a sign of social acceptance, helps to attract others, strengthens relationships, and helps to resolve conflicts. Laughter is usually contagious, as when one starts to laugh everyone else seems to join in. 

Belly laughs are deep and loud laughs, which work the muscles in your stomach as well as the rest of your body. They are the best laughs, as they can sometimes shake your whole body for up to 15 minutes, and they can leave you feeling happier and more confident for the rest of the day. If laughing is not a part of your daily life, you may want to consider laughter therapy, where a professional will help you to learn how to laugh.

Relaxes Muscles

Laughter is like a good workout for the abdominal muscles and your heart. It gets a large amount of muscles moving in your body. 

It is unclear as to how many muscles it takes to laugh, but the harder you laugh, the more muscles are used. These are facial muscles, muscles in your arms, neck, trunk and legs. Some of these are muscles that are only used when you laugh, therefore it is essential that you learn to laugh in order to be healthy. 

Belly laughs can help your muscles to relax; this includes those that move while you are laughing, as well as those that do not move. As you laugh, the inactive muscles relax, then when you are done, the muscles that were used to laugh are able relax as well. Once your muscles are relaxed, you will find that you are not as tired, and will have much more energy.

Often when the muscles are tense it is due to a lack of oxygen. A good laugh helps to increase the flow of oxygen to the muscles so they can relax.

Relieves Stress

Laughter is one of the quickest ways to relieve emotional stress, feelings of anxiety, sadness, and even anger. It may be most difficult to laugh when you are feeling angry, but laughter therapy can help you to learn to laugh in even the toughest situations. Learning to do so will help you to reduce the anger, and the negative effects that it has on the body. Studies have shown that laughing reduces the production of stress hormones, such as cortisol and epinephrine, and introduces other feel-good hormones known as endorphins.

Endorphins have the ability to numb both physical and emotional pain. They also help to give you a clearer vision of what is causing you to feel down, thus they help you to find a new way of dealing with your situations. What seemed like a big problem before, might not seem so big after a good laugh.


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