40 brilliant stress management
most interesting reasons is that walking a dog creates social
interactions where passers-by smile at the owner and even stop
Cat ownership seems to have less effect, although there is little
doubt that stroking a friendly cat does produce short-term
relaxation. It does, however, require a lot less commitment and
may t better with many people’s lifestyles.
The nerves connecting your brain to your mouth work in both
directions. When you smile, it signals your brain that all is well
and triggers the release of ‘happy hormones’. Laughter is one
of the greatest cures for feelings of stress and maybe is the best
medicine. Make time for fun and
laughter in your life.
make time for fun and
laughter in your life
The average adult laughs 15 times a day, while the
average four-year-old laughs 400 times.
The source of this quote is numerous websites, none of which
offers any deﬁnitive evidence. But it’s a great quote and, if we
ignore the problem of the word average, seems to accord with
experience. My toddler seems to laugh hundreds of times a day
– I rarely do!
How many times have you ever thought: ‘One day I’ll have
a good laugh about this’? Well, why not laugh about it now?
Laughter is one of the most powerful ways to increase your sense
of wellbeing and stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system
(the healing part).