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If you take yourself back to a school event, when you and your friend or friends couldn’t stop laughing…

Your cheeks hurt and tears ran uncontrollably.

It no doubt was a great day and very memorable.

When was the last time something like this happened?

Well if it was a while ago, you’re not alone.

Lots of numbers are thrown around regarding the number of laughs on average a child vs an adult has per day, although 300 laughs for a social child and 4-17 laughs for an adult tends to be the general consensus.

What happened to us? Well there’s lots of theories which also include children’s ability to find humour in areas adults overlook.

Laughter therapy is a non-pharmacological approach to reduce stress and anxiety.

We’ve all been there, you’re in a group, something serious is going on and the clown of the group cracks a brilliant joke and then everyone lightens up about the situation!

Regularly laughing can have these positive benefits:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improves respiratory functions
  • Improves cognitive functions

So perhaps next time you’re looking for something to watch, choose a comedy or hang out with your funniest friend more regularly!

Your coach,

Rupert Hambly