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