Thursday, 30 March 2017


The end of March welcomes the start of Melbourne International Comedy Festival which runs through to the 23rd of April. Whilst scrolling through the various acts and comedians, pondering whether to book tickets I began to smile at the thought of an evening’s entertainment full of laughter and clicked the ‘purchase now’ button. I knew instantly regardless of whether I understood or appreciated the jokes, there would be laughter as laughter is, after all, contagious.

We all lead busy stressful lives and often laughter is forgotten. There are many health benefits to laughter, it bonds us together and can lift our spirits with many a relationship having been formed after sharing a smile or laughing together. It can have a powerful and positive effect on our physical, emotional, social health and wellbeing.  Laughter can boost our immune systems and can help us to sleep.

When a relationship is coming to an end it can be a very stressful and anxious time for everyone involved. The road ahead may appear uncertain in terms of family life and financial security and you may question what there is to smile or laugh about. The ability to laugh or smile when times are tough can also help build resilience and act as an effective distraction from things that cause anxiety and stress. It can also act as a mild antidepressant as laughter boosts the production of serotonin, a natural anti-depressant.

At Bayside Collaborative our approach is to reduce conflict and acrimony which in turn leads to better relationships and outcomes. We provide family law advice and support that is tailor made to meet your needs and circumstances.

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