Stress is on the rise and laughter might be the best medicine.



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Money and work are still the biggest worries keeping us up at night.

A Lifeline poll of more than 1200 respondents reveals that 77 per cent of Australians experience job-related stress and 72 per cent say this is  caused by finances.

And these levels are rising: almost half the respondents indicated they suffered “a lot” of stress in these areas, which is up from about a quarter in 2013.

“If stress lasts a long time or overwhelms our ability to cope, it can have a detrimental effect on our health, wellbeing and general enjoyment of life,” Lifeline chairman John Brogden said.

However, laughter could be the best medicine in combating the nation’s rising anxiety – 98 per cent agreed that humour reduces stress.

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