Mar 18, 2007
By: Caroline Latham
Here’s a quick test to determine your stress level. Read the following description completely before looking at the picture.
The picture below was used in a case study on stress levels at St. Mary’s Hospital. Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical. A closely monitored, scientific study revealed that, in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical, a person under stress would find differences between the two dolphins. The more differences a person finds between the dolphins, the more stress that person is experiencing.
Look at the photograph, and if you find more than one or two differences, you may want to take a vacation or at least get a massage.
Click HERE to see the picture before reading more.
How did you do? Do you need a vacation?! Apparently I do!
Hope you got a good laugh! On a serious note, laughter is a great way to reduce stress and boost immune function. Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, call a friend who makes you chuckle or head off for a comedy club. You’ll feel better for it!
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- Berk LS, Tan SA, Fry WF, Napier BJ, Lee JW, Hubbard RW, Lewis JE, Eby WC. Neuroendocrine and stress hormone changes during mirthful laughter. Am J Med Sci. 1989;298:390–6.
- Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter