How to Use Laughter to Dissolve Menopause Anxiety and Stress

We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh. – William James

Did you know that children laugh about 100 times a day while most adults are lucky to do it 10 or 15 times a day?

It’s no secret that depressed people become ill easier than happy, easy-going types. Research has shown that stress-filled mental states like anxiety, worry and fear can impair the body’s immune system.

You know I’m all for natural remedies for menopause and what could be more natural than laughter? Finding humor in menopause means not taking yourself or your situation so seriously and planning in advance how you can raise your energy and get yourself out of a dark mood.

The physical act of laughing is medicine. It’s been called ‘internal jogging’ because like intense exercise, it releases natural substances such as serotonin and endorphins, which act like a dose of morphine that instantly relieve stress, pain, tension, anxiety and depression.

You can’t be tense, uptight or angry and laugh at the same time. While you’re laughing, it’s physically impossible to produce enough acid in your stomach to give you an ulcer. Almost all stressful situations have something funny or ridiculous about them, if you make the effort to find them.

 Use laughter as a distraction from your troubling thoughts. In a tense or difficult situation, think how a great comedian would handle it. Imagine their words, face and gestures. See someone who is stressing you in the nude, on the toilet or in some other embarrassing position. They’ll seem a lot easier to deal with!

Start your own humor collection that includes funny books, CDs, DVDs, You Tube videos, e-mail jokes, and cartoons. Keep a joke board on your wall or refrigerator. Keep a scrapbook of jokes and anecdotes – memorize them so you can share them with others, or recall them when you need a good laugh.

If you find yourself going too long without a good belly laugh, go into another room, or out to your car and start laughing. Fake it till you make it. :-) Just do it and see how you feel.

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