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I had some really good therapy yesterday evening – laughter therapy.

My son Tom arrived home from Uni last weekend and I introduced him to a sitcom I have been watching over the past few weeks starring Miranda Hart.  I had really enjoyed this crazy escapism when first seen but in fact found myself laughing out loud and enjoying more as we sat and devoured episode after episode courtesy of iPlayer.

I think Miranda is a kind of female version of John Cleese and much of the  comedy relies on side comments and pulled faces direct to camera in a true Frankie Howard style.  Anyway add to that the silly comments Tom and I were making to each other as we watched and my sides were aching.

The point is that this all occurred at the end of a frantic tense sort of day and yet I felt completely relaxed and refreshed as my head hit the pillow and drifted to sleep listening to my favourite music. ( my secret weapon for guaranteed sleep within minutes )

So I was really interested to read a blog today by Karen Brown a Hypnotherapist locally here in Bournemouth / Poole area.

Here is an excerpt from Karens Blog

The Link Between Laughter and Mental Health

Laughter can dissolve distressing situations:

Physiologically, you cannot feel anxious, angry or sad when you’re laughing.

Laughter helps you relax and re-charge your systems:

It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and potentially accomplich more.

Humour Shifts Perspective:

This allows us to take a step back from the situation and helps us to see or view things in a more realistic light or less threatening light.  Psychological distance is created when we can adopt a humorous perspective, which can help us avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Go see the full article at:
http://www.karen-brown.co.uk/2009/12/raising-smiles-in-therapy/

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