The Power of Laughter Can Reduce Your Stress
Release date: 29 May 2014
Astonishingly, 98% of Australians have indicated that humour and laughter reduces stress.
That was the key finding in Lifeline’s 2014 Stress Poll, which also revealed that stress levels in Australia remain high with 91% of respondents indicating they are experiencing stress.
Perhaps laughter is the best medicine in combating Australia’s stress epidemic?
That’s exactly what well known comedian and laughter expert Anthony Ackroyd and Lifeline’s 2014 Stress Less Laugh More Ambassador is telling us.
“If you focus on laughter you’ll bring more into your life then you’ll stress less and laugh more” Anthony Ackroyd said.
“Let’s talk about everyone’s favourite organ……the brain!”
“Stress can damage the brain whereas laughter can light up areas including the nucleus accumbens which is the reward centre of the brain, the same part of the brain that fires when we receive an unexpected gift. It squirts out this wonderful chemical called dopamine and we feel fantastic.”
“Too many of us are stress heads, it hurts the brain and damages the heart….stress sucks!”
Lifeline’s 2014 Stress Down Day is on July 25 and is a national fundraising campaign that promotes happiness, encourages help seeking and raises awareness of suicide prevention through Lifeline’s crisis support services.
“Get involved and have fun this Stress Down Day by helping Lifeline raise funds through the power of laughter.”
Everything you need to know about Stress Down Day can be found at www.stressdown.org.au.
The full results of Lifeline’s 2014 Stress Poll can be downloaded at Stress Down Day website under the Stress Tips tab.
Anthony Ackroyd is available for media opportunities in Sydney on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 May, or other times by arrangement.
Media Contact - John Mendel on 0408 407 376 or [email protected]