November 11, 2011

Laugh it off.

It has been shown that even a fake smile or laugh produces positive emotional responses because the brain cannot tell the difference. Our facial muscles can cue the brain to experience a positive emotion. Laughter has been shown to lead to reductions in stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. Laughing causes the brain to release endorphins that can relieve some physical pain. Laughter also boosts the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T-cells, leading to a stronger immune system.

The next time you’re in a bad mood, smile or laugh even if it’s fake and see if you notice a difference in your emotions. Sometimes life throws things at you that you’re just not sure what to do with. Those could be opportunities to just laugh it off.

Nyla Lengacher


Mack A. said...

I just want to let u know I love your blogs. They are very moving and encouraging. Please keep them coming. I live in Austin and have SAD. Hopefully soon ill be able to start some sessions with you. Thank you.

Nyla Lengacher, LCSW said...

Thank you Mack! I really do need to get better about blogging more often so thanks for the encouragement:)