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Mind Body Medicine Therapies for Fertility


Updated August 31, 2012

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Laughter as Mind-Body Medicine
Laughing doesn't just feel good -- it's good for you, too.

Laughing doesn't just feel good -- it's good for you, too.

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Laughter not only feels great -- it's also good for your body! You're probably familiar with at least one kind of humor therapy, having seen clowns visiting sick children in hospitals. But clowns don't have exclusive rights to humor therapy. Anything that gets you laughing is good for your mind and your body.

Research on laughter or humor therapy has found it can help raise mood, lower stress hormone levels, possibly improve immunity, and lower blood pressure. I haven't found any research on fertility and humor therapy in particular, but don't let that stop you from having yourself a good, hearty laugh.

Maintaining a sense of humor during treatment can help you cope better, and also make you more pleasant to be around. But sometimes, it's hard to get laughing on your own. Consider watching some stand-up comedy, a good funny movie, or hanging out with friends who know how to tickle your funny bone.

You may even want to consider a laughter yoga class, if you can find one in your area. In laughter yoga, a group comes together and purposefully laughs. At first, the laugh may feel forced, but soon, everyone is really laughing. Sounds strange, but many people enjoy it.

If you think there's nothing to laugh about regarding infertility, you have to check out 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility. This blog, written by a woman living with infertility, will have you smiling, relating, and laughing. Who knew infertility could be so funny?

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