Stress Is A Laughing Matter

xin_2503043007211961905121.jpgThe saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away might not be true anymore, but now it’s a laugh every day keeps the heart attack away.

From China Daily newspaper reported that Fudan University’s psychological consultancy center, has set up a Heartfelt Laughing Club. The center will hold training sessions for students to cope with stress and depression.

This is very interesting; I do have to admit that stress can take its toll if you don’t take care of yourself, such as exercise and eating right, but according to this, laughing also helps. I read once in a Thai Magazine that young people in China are so busy trying to make a living that they’ve forgotten the simple things in life, such as smile or laughter. They believe that being successful in their career will bring them true happiness, which they’re not totally wrong in this respect, but having to work, work, work, can lead to a very stressful life.

A good laughter in the morning keeps you in good spirits throughout the day. There’re many laughing clubs out there, but there’s one that I like best and that is to laugh for at least 5 minutes in the morning, as soon as you’d get up. This should be simple enough and you could do it in the privacy of your own home, that way people wouldn’t think that you’re crazy. There are many types of laugh, whether it’s the Ho Ho Ho, Ha Ha Ha, or the He He He, you choose the one that fits you best.

Laughter is not just a spontaneous reaction to a funny situation. It makes blood vessels work more efficiently. A US study shows that hearty laughter has an effect on the lining of blood vessels (endothelium), similar to the benefits of aerobic exercises. More importantly, it doesn’t cause the pain or muscular tension that is often associated with exercise. A daily dose of laughter is also good for the heart.

What if you’re a grumpy person in the morning, and have nothing to laugh about? There’s one website that’s guaranteed to make you laugh and that is, click at Chinglish, which is a commonly used term for Chinese Engrish from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong; examples are for the most part mistranslated signs and products, it can be quite entertaining. Let me know if it works or if you’ve other techniques to share.