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As the saying goes, ‘laughter is the best medicine’. But how much can having a good giggle really do for your health?
Laughing releases endorphins, as well as the stress-reducing ‘happy hormones’, serotonin and dopamine – while suppressing the stress hormone, cortisol.
It’s thought that the effects of this can be improved mood, a stronger immune system, reduced pain, a healthier heart, lower stress levels and even a longer life.
Try laughter therapy.
Laughing yoga, a form of laughter therapy, has become a popular wellness practice in recent years. Combining yoga, breathing techniques, clapping and chanting, the practice is designed to make you laugh out loud and let go of any stress you’ve been holding onto.
It’s usually taught by a yoga teacher in a group class, but there are plenty of video tutorials online if you want to give it a try.