Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Brenda's Fake it 'til You Make It

Change is difficult! Even "welcomed" change like a new pet, winning a prize, graduation, accomplishing a goal, or new job causes stress. But some unheavals like job loss, divorce, relocation, strained friendships, or an empty nest coupled with the busy, crazy holiday season can almost crush our spirit.

Research has shown that laughter benefits us from strengthening the immune system to reducing food cravings (helpful during the holidays!) to increasing our pain threshold. Laughter is a way to reduce the effects of stress. "Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine," said the poet Lord Byron.

So how do you laugh and have a great time when you're stressed? Some experts suggest a "Fake It Until You Make It" technique. Yep. Studies show faked laughter provides benefits such as physical release, distraction, and increased levels of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters!

So fake laughter; you'll still get the positive effects, and your fake merriment may lead to genuine smiles, laughter, and stress release.

Tell us now; how do you celebrate the season with joy and serenity when you're going through change? Leave us your fun and silly comment to tickle our funny bone.

Brenda Nixon,
Co-author, A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts


Trish Berg said...

Yes, I am a big fan of "fake it til you make it." As with many things in life, if we act, our feelings then follow. Act kind even when you don't feel like it, and soon enough you will feel kind. Great column, Brenda. Thanks!

Trish Berg

Cathy Messecar said...

Post is fun and accurate.

And how about those fake dog teeth?