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Why it Helps to Laugh Often in Recovery

Why it Helps to Laugh Often in Recovery

Laughter is the best medicine, which has many benefits. It is almost always best to laugh with others because it is better than laughing alone (and it’s more fun). The challenging circumstances at work (and life) make it hard to laugh sometimes, but necessary if we are to make it through the challenges. Learn why it helps to laugh often in recovery and how it can support your journey.

Laughter Not Included

Finding a reason to laugh in recovery can feel difficult, especially after it seems all that left in the wake of addiction is destruction of work, home, or relationships. It is easy to go through life without laughing, or even smiling. If someone were struggling with addiction, the only laughing that might happen is when they have too much to drink or act a fool. Realities of life can make laughter feel so far away. Recovery is really about bringing laughter back into life, putting joy back into your mind, body, and soul as a regular practice.

Health Benefits

There are many health benefits to laughter. Laughter can:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Boost immunity
  • Increase blood flow
  • Increase memory and focus
  • Improve creativity
  • Reduce stress

Making laughter a regular part of your recovery can really support your overall health and boost your brain’s capacity to cope with what is to come.

Laugh Early and Often

The best time to practice laughter is early on in recovery. Finding ways to laugh with friends can boost your ability to cope with the stresses of early recovery. Physical and emotional benefits of laughter can boost your mental state, taking away depression, even if just for a time. If you are into laughing and being active, you may enjoy laughter yoga. It is a great way to incorporate the physical and mental aspects of the healing power of laughter.

It can feel hard to laugh in recovery. We have programs and resources to help you find your laughter again.  Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number to have us help you find joy after addiction: 866-294-9401