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Are Your Kids Zoned Out by Overstimulating Children’s Media?

By Sara Wiseman

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Laughter, the best medicine

“Plain and simple, laughter heals,” said Koc. “The mind and body let go of stress when we laugh—and this true for both children and adults. “The feel-good chemicals of the brain, endorphins and the like, are enhanced while at the same time the stress-related chemicals such as cortisol and epinephrine are reduced. It’s well-documented that the immune system also gets a healthy boost as a result of laughing, and our breath and circulation are affected in positive ways.”

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How to choose children’s media that relaxes instead of revs up:

Here are five key elements proven to create physiological shifts in the body, and help your kids relax.

  • Healing nature: Studies show that observing nature creates a shift in the body’s physiology.
  • Sound therapy: Music is well known to shift mood. Look for music that creates relaxation in the body.
  • Laughter and humor: The laughter response is well documented as an effective way to relieve stress and release feel-good endorphins in the body.
  • Peace and positivity: Snarky sarcasm may seem funny, but this type of "put down" humor loads kids with negative thoughts.
  • Slower pacing: Modern media is over-stimulating to kids. Look for slower, more organic pacing that doesn’t keep kids on edge.
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Additional Sources

The benefits of nature, music and laughter are well documented for stress relief. Here are a few.

National Geographic: This is your brain on nature

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/call-to-wild-text 

University of Minnesota: Changes in health care setting: how does nature impact healing, reducing stress by adding nature images

http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/healing-environment/what-happening-healthcare-settings-today

Healing Images: Company places nature images in medical settings for healing

http://www.healingimages.org/benefits/what-are-the-benefits-of-healing-images

Publish Health Journal, University of Kyoto: Psychological effects of forest environments on health

http://www.publichealthjrnl.com/article/S0033-3506%2806%2900146-6/abstract

Science Magazine: View through a window may influence recovery from surgery

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/224/4647/420

Chopra Center: Healing through nature 

http://www.chopra.com/articles/healing-through-nature

Norman Cousins: Anatomy of an Illness

https://healdove.com/alternative-medicine/normancousins

About the author: Sara Wiseman is a Nautilus award-winning author. She writes the Daily Divine blog and is a frequent contributor to national and regional publications in spirituality and holistic health. 

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