Laughter, Socialization, and Stress

How to relieve stress with laughter and socialization

Laughter

A good laugh has great short-term effects. Laughter can:


  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.


Socialization

Socialization directly impacts stress levels in multiple ways.


  • It increases a hormone that decreases anxiety levels and make us feel more confident in our ability to cope with stress.
  • When you are focused on reaching out to other people, you are temporarily distracted from your own circumstances, pain, or stress.
  • People who reach out to others can rely on those individuals for help and emotional assistance in the future.It also helps you feel wanted, included, and cared for.
  • You can talk through problems and share feelings with others.


How To? When?

A simple talk to a friend or telling a joke can help. It will ease small stressors and make everyday life easier. Use it when something small, like an assignment or upcoming test is worrying you.