How do you feel when you watch this video?  Does it bring an automatic smile to your face?

Emotional eating is a problem for millions of people just like you. If you are tired of being on the diet roller coaster and want to prevent emotional eating, here is one fun way to soothe yourself without food.

If you're an emotional eater, feelings of anxiety can make you turn to food for comfort. When you do this, it may make you feel anxious about how it will affect your health. It's a difficult cycle to end.

According to a study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, mirthful laughter may help decrease your anxiety while distracting you from obsessive thoughts about food.

During the study, participants were divided into a treatment group and a control group. The treatment group viewed a humorous video while the control group was kept in a quiet room for the same amount of time.

Endocrine testing was performed before, during, and after the experiment. The results revealed that the stress hormone, cortisol, was decreased in the treatment group, while the control group experienced no significant changes. 

3 Ways to Laugh!

1. Refocus & Reframe:  Each time you feel a craving coming on, use what I call the "Refocus and Reframe" method. Instead of attempting to fight the craving or trying not to think about it (this only makes the urge stronger), refocus your attention on something funny. You could think about a joke that always makes you laugh or tell a friend the funniest thing that's ever happened to you. 

2. YouTube:  There's no shortage of cute, funny, and downright odd things to keep you in stitches for hours at a time. The good news is that you only need a few minutes and a computer handy.  And it's free!  Just search "funny viral videos."

3. Ho-Ho-Ho Meditation: Close your eyes and do three Santa Claus-like belly laughs—this is a simple laughing yoga exercise.  Laughing yoga has been shown to reduce your cortisol level, the stress hormone that makes you crave sugary, fatty, salty foods.

Remember, laughing creates a chemical reaction in your body that soothes naturally without medication or food!  It can't hurt to give it a try.

Wishing you many laughs and smile today!

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Dr. Albers is a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic & New York Times Bestselling Author

About the Author

Susan Albers, Psy.D.

Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. 

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