“Children instinctively know that the more laughter we have in our lives, the better.” – Wayne Dyer, American author and motivational speaker
For the longest time we have heard the adage that ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ and of course, there is nothing more beautiful in the world that the giggles of the children. But, have you ever wondered if this is just another saying or is there a ring of truth to it? Well, we, at Vidsan Charterhouse, recognised amongst the leading IB schools in Delhi, can assure you that guffaws and giggles are just what is needed to banish those anxious and stressful thoughts clouding the mind. And, in fact, laughter is as strong a medicine for the adults, as it is for the children.
We have gone through multiple studies being carried out about the effects of laughter on the human mind, and the health benefits of laughter have been outlined time and again by the researchers. And, on that note, let’s take a detailed look today at how laughter is the best way to reduce stress and anxiety.
The effect of laughter on the hormones
The best way of understanding how laughter affects stress and anxiety is to get to know how it has an impact on the secretion of certain hormones. Research suggests that laughter brings down the levels of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline while increasing the levels of happy hormones such as serotonin and endorphins. Besides, laughter is also known to increase the number of cells that produce antibodies, which helps to bolster the immunity and also has a direct bearing on the physical effect of stress.
Laughter as a way of emotional and physical healing
There have been so many times that we have laughed so hard that we end up having tears rolling down our eyes. There’s that deep feeling of happiness and satisfaction after having a good laugh, and it is that emotional and physical release of cheerfulness that helps to banish those thoughts of anxiety and stress.
Laughter as the way of internal workouts
A loud laugh and throaty giggles do more good to your body than you can imagine. Besides helping you feel better emotionally, it also serves as a workout for your shoulders, contracts your abs, and exercises your diaphragms. It leaves the muscles relaxed and even offers a complete workout for the heart. Thus, the physical signs of stress affecting the muscles and the heart get effectively dealt with.
Laughter as the much-needed distraction
At times, all that is needed is to take the focus away from the negative emotions of stress, guilt, anger, and anxiousness, and laughter can provide just the right distraction needed for that purpose. Sitting around friends and sharing lighter moments of mirth and enjoyment is all the distraction that an individual needs to relieve the mental pressure, and get back to life with renewed enthusiasm.
Laughter to offer an effective pain relief
We have already mentioned how laughter leads to an increase in happy hormones like endorphins. Now, endorphins are also natural pain relievers of the body in the way that they end up raising the pain thresholds of individuals. The stimulation of the good and happy feeling slows down the rate at which someone feels the pain.
At Vidsan Charterhouse, we believe that when we talk of general wellbeing, it can just not be considered complete without laughter. No wonder, happy children are healthier children! We have seen how amidst all the studies, revisions, assignments, and so on, it is the lighter moments that create memories for the kids. It is these moments that work as the stress buster for children, and not only make them happy but also stimulate them to bounce back to their studies with full vigour and energy. After all, there is hardly anything in the world that is more contagious than a child’s laughter. And, when you have handed over the responsibility of your young scholar to us, we will make sure that the infectious laughter of your child will remain as intact as the twinkle in his/her eyes.