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Posted on 01/07/2021 14:57
I was chatting to a friend about depression and how to manage it. He said that laughter releases a happy hormone so we should make more effort to laugh. I laugh quite a bit, my sense of humour has carried me through a lot. The thing is, if it releases the happy hormone why do I get this intense need to sob my heart out after having a good laugh? It feels like I have been dropped into a deeper pit. Instead of making me feel happy it leaves me feeling very sad.
Beginning of the discussion - 01/07/2021Do you ever experience mood swings with your depression? https://www.carenity.co.uk/forum/depression/living-with-depression/laughter-4219
Posted on 01/07/2021 16:27
Hello @Rozanne, thank you for starting this new discussion! That's very true, humour and laughter have been shown to help with depression, there was even a study published a few years ago examining the use of laughter yoga as an alternative treatment for depression that showed promising results!
Laughing and crying are also closely related - often one may stimulate the other. The both also help to release stress, so you can look at them both as the body's reaction to what you're going through.
Has anyone else experienced this? Do you ever feel like your emotions swing from one extreme to another? How do you manage this? What helps you to feel better?
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Posted on 01/07/2021 17:50
Thank you for clearing that up. I thought there was something out of kilter with my reaction 🙄 I feel better about it now :-)
Posted on 20/07/2021 11:14
@Courtney_J This is interesting, I guess it may also explain why sometimes we cry when we're happy, like at weddings or births and thinks of the like. I'm not sure that this is the same thing, but often times I find myself trying to cope with how I feel through laughter. When I'm in a bad place I try to get myself out of it by recognising the comedy in my situation. Sometimes it's hard to find, but I can usually find something to laugh about. It can be good to laugh at ourselves sometimes.