How To Reduce Stress – LAUGHTER is the Best Medicine

What brings humor and laughter into your life? My dog Maggie makes me laugh many times a day!
What brings humor and laughter into your life? My dog Maggie makes me laugh many times a day!

Enjoying humor and a good laugh is one of the quickest, easiest, most affordable, beneficial things that you can do to reduce stress by bringing your mind and body back into balance. Michael Miller, M.D. who has studied the benefits of laughter states “Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” He continues, “the recommendation for a healthy heart may one day be exercise, eat right and laugh a few times a day.” Sometimes we take ourselves and life a little too seriously. We need to lighten up! Is it possible that you could benefit from enjoying even more humor and laughter in your life? If you’re like me, if I understand why something is good for me, I’m much more likely to invite even more of it into my life.


The Benefits of Laughter

Physical Health Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease

Mental Health Benefits:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience

Social Benefits:

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding

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Why is laughter good for your health?

Laughter relieves physical tension and stress leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.

Laughter improves your resistance to disease by decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies.

Laughter promotes an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain by triggering the release of endorphins.

Laughter helps to protect you against a heart attack by improving the function of blood vessels and increasing blood flow.

Favorite Family Friendly Funny Movies

Need a good laugh? Here’s a handy list of highly recommended family friendly comedies gathered from many adored friends and clients. Here’s an idea! Why not add your own favorites to this list and tape a copy of it to your medicine cabinet door to remind you that it may just be a good laugh that you need rather than a pill? Do you have any comedies to add to this list? If so, please go to and let us know what they are. Make sure to click LIKE so we can stay connected. ENJOY!!!

  • Abbot & Costello
  • About A Boy
  • Babe
  • Buster Keaton: the General – old black and white silent
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • Dan In Real Life
  • Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Evan Almighty
  • Ferris Beuhler’s Day Off
  • Foul Play
  • Get Smart
  • Ground Hog Day
  • Ghost Town; Stranger Than Fiction
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Harry & The Henderson’s
  • Hot Rod
  • I Love Lucy
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World
  • Larger Than Life
  • Little Rascal Movies
  • Mall Cop
  • Mickey Blue Eyes
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Monte Python- In Search of the Holy Grail
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Mystery Men
  • Nacho Libre
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Nine To Five
  • Ocean’s 11,12 and 13,
  • Oh Brother Where Art Thou
  • Overboard
  • Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure
  • Pink Panther Movies
  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles
  • Princess Bride – this was voted the number one comedy with a few groups of friends!
  • Rat Race
  • Shrek
  • Spies Like Us
  • Sports Night (a 30 minute comedy series available on Netflix)
  • That Thing You Do
  • The Burbs
  • The God’s Must Be Crazy (1&2)
  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • The Importance of Being Ernest
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little
  • The Money Pit
  • The Sasquatch Gang
  • The Thief and the Cobbler
  • The Three Amigos
  • The Three Stooges
  • Triplets of Belleville
  • Two Weeks Notice
  • Waking Ned Devine
  • Wayne’s World 2
  • What About Bob?
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • Without a Paddle
  • You Can’t Take It With You

Check out all comedies with these actors

  • Cary Grant
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Don Knott’s


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