Who doesn't love a good laugh? Not only does laughing put a smile on your face, but it has more health benefits than you may think. And with the unprecedented events surrounding the novel coronavirus, there's never been a better time to find ways to add some humor and laughter into your life.
Laughing has been shown to improve mental health and may even help your physical health. Some benefits of laughter include:
- Helps keep your heart healthy. Laughter helps increases blood flow and improves how your blood vessels function. It also helps decrease stress, which has a positive effect on heart health.
- Boosts your immune system. Laughter helps trigger the release of tension in your muscles, releases endorphins, reduces blood sugar and decreases stress hormones. This can help strengthen your immune system, which lowers your risk of getting sick.
- Improves your mood. Laughter can help you turn a bad mood around with ease. People who experience anxiety or depression often find that laughter helps lighten their mood and increases happiness.
- Strengthens your relationships. Enjoying a laugh with others helps keep relationships fresh, exciting and fun. Laughter also helps improve communication and may be just what you need to resolve disagreements, hurt and resentment.
Laughter offers so many benefits for your physical and mental health that it's hard to find a reason not to do it more each day. Here are a few ways to add more humor to your life:
- Wear a smile. A laugh always beings with a smile. Smiles and laughs are contagious so start spreading happiness with a smile and before you know it, you and those around you will find more reasons to laugh.
- Be more humorous. Add some fun in your daily interactions. Tell a joke, make a humorous comment or share a funny story when talking with others to increase the amount of laughter in your day.
- Hang around upbeat people. The people you spend time with have an effect on your mood and your happiness. You may not be able to see people face-to-face these days but you can still surround yourself virtually with people who make you happy, are funny and positively influence your life.
- Enjoy "me" time. Set aside at least 15-20 minutes every day to do things that make you smile. Watch your favorite comedy on TV, enjoy some funny videos on YouTube or listen to a podcast. Call a friend, write in a journal or read.
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Date Last Reviewed: March 30, 2020
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor