Tuesday, 22nd September 2020
HEALTH & WELL BEING Article
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IF YOU SMILE THE WHOLE WORLD WILL SMILE WITH YOU.....

IF YOU SMILE THE WHOLE WORLD WILL SMILE WITH YOU.....

...but if you laugh you will reduce stress

LAUGHING CAN ACTUALLY HELP COMBAT STRESS, AND THE INTENSITY WITH WHICH WE LAUGH DOES NOT AFFECT THE RESULT.

Stress is not necessarily a bad thing, it helps us to activate ourselves to act in some emergency situations, however when stress happens to be continuous and without sufficient reason, it can be a problem for our physical and mental state. Chronic stress can lead to fatigue, back pain, heart and immune problems.

Suffering from stress can also develop into anxiety or depression. Several studies have shown that positive emotions, such as feeling happy and being happy, calm, or  satisfied, does help to reduce stress levels. There are also studies that indicate that laughter directly reduces stress levels . Researchers at the University of Basel Switzerland) have actually verified how laughter affects stress when it occurs very close to the feeling of stress in time.

The results indicate that the frequency with which someone laughs helps to reduce stress levels, but the intensity of the laugh (loud, medium, low) has no effect,  something unexpected for scientists.

The study involved 41 psychology students (33 women) from the University of Basel aged 19 to 44 years. Each one had to answer a series of questions through their  mobile  phone eight times a day for 14 days. The mobile emitted an acoustic signal every time they had to answer the questionnaire.


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The questions were related to the  requency and intensity of laughter that the participants had experienced throughout the day. They also asked them about the reason for the laughter and about  tressful events or feelings of stress that they had experienced.

According to the researchers, it may be that the results are due to the fact that people identify differences in the intensity of their laughter with more difficulty, but  more easily its frequency.

The study also showed differences between men and women. Women laughed more, corroborating previous studies that  indicated differences in laughter based on gender as well as time of day or culture. As a matter of interest some studies found that people from East Asia smiled much less, about 50% less.



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