Embrace The Fun – Hugs And Laughter Help

Jun 28, 2021Happiness

Get the latest news:

In one of my previous posts about reducing stress, I briefly mentioned the benefits that hugs and laughter help reduce stress. They are such fun, easy, and powerful techniques that anyone can do just about anywhere, I thought it was time to dive a little deeper and look at why they work and how we can actively start using them to reduce the negative effects of chronic stress. 

Let’s start by talking about hugs. Have you ever noticed how a good hug will make you feel better? It calms you and changes your entire outlook on the world and whatever it is that’s been upsetting or stressing you out. Turns out there’s some science behind hugs and a reason we start to feel better. 

There are measurable effects on your heart and the stress-level of your brain activity when you hug and those benefits will ramp up significantly around the twenty-second mark. As a bonus, your body will release oxytocin, a feel-good hormone. It’s no wonder your whole outlook starts to change after a good hug. 

Start to hug your loved ones or your favorite pet more often and when you do, try to hold the hug for at least twenty seconds. Don’t be creepy about it, but if you’re comfortable – and you should be if you’re sharing a long hug – tell the other person about the benefits of these longer hugs. Before long it will become second nature and you’ll both continue to reap the rewards. 

When hugging isn’t an option, or if you don’t enjoy them, give laughing a try. It relieves tension and reduces stress. As an added benefit, you’re drawing more air into your lungs, resulting in more oxygen being delivered to your heart, brain, and other important organs. Laughing often can even improve your immune system. 

Put on a funny movie, watch a TV sitcom, read some funny cartoons, call a friend who makes you laugh, or just start laughing and fake it until you start to feel it.  Laughter, it turns out, really is great medicine and great for both body and mind. 

Fun fact for you. There’s even an entire sub-niche of yoga practitioners who do laughter yoga as a stress-busting technique. Can you see yourself taking a class where you go through various yoga exercises while also making a conscious effort to laugh out loud? 

0 Comments

Leave a Reply

About me

Goal Mindset Mentor helping creatives, multi-passionates and rebels transform their mindset, strategies, and habits so they can go from confusion to clarity and fill their lives with love, joy, and productivity!   

Subscribe

Recent Posts

Why Habits Should Be Formed One at a Time

Why Habits Should Be Formed One at a Time

One of the best pieces of advice you will receive about forming new habits is that you should only form one at a time. When you attempt to change too much at once, it almost always leads to failure. This can overwhelm you, frustrate you, and give you too much to...

Rebel Incubator Questions Answered!

Rebel Incubator Questions Answered!

Rebel Incubator Questions Answered because you could be wondering about this! Here’s the thing, this isn’t about adding anything extra into your schedule but getting a bit more strategic about your time and doing the things that need to get done. Anytime I have a...

You can do so much with the right plan

You can do so much with the right plan

You can do so much with the right plan for you! There are 24 hours in a day and so much can be done during that time, all you need to do is make it a priority and set time aside to focus and get it done. Riding the wave of inspiration allow you to bring your idea from...

Categories

» Freebies

» Programs

» Work with me

Petra Monaco Goal Success Coach
myobvi

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This