You may notice that you feel your best when you’re around those who make you laugh. Sometimes, though, it’s easy to get too serious or so stressed that you don’t take the opportunity to laugh at the situation, or even at yourself.
Here are some of the benefits of laughter, along with some tips to intentionally make humor a bigger part of your day!
- Makes you calmer. Laughter gets the oxygen flowing and increases blood flow, leaving you feeling simultaneously energized and calm.
- Improves our immune system. Say what? Yep, laughter has been proven to increase the activity of our fighter cells.
- Relieves pain. Laughter has been shown to reduce pain by increasing endorphins. I know that for me, when I am not feeling well, comedy also distracts me and also helps me focus on something other than how crappy I feel.
- Connects us to others. When we share a moment of laughter with someone, it’s a positive connection that can lead to better cooperation and mutual understanding.
- Improves our positive feelings and decreases depression. Laughter increases the release of serotonin and dopamine, which can lift our mood.
8 Easy Ways to Laugh More:
- Be on the lookout for funny signs during your errands. I can almost always find a typo or sign that somehow makes me chuckle.
- Trade that serious nighttime show for a funny one. Blackish has become one of my faves recently. It’s humor is intelligent and filled with messages to make you think.
- Recall a funny story from your day. Share it at dinner or in the lunch- room!
- Share a funny image with someone.
- Keep a folder of funny images on your desktop or on your phone.
- Write down funny things kids say.
- Be able to laugh at your mistakes. Having a lighthearted attitude about making mistakes frees us from the feelings of shame and self-loathing that can take over if we feel embarrassed. I still laugh about the time a kid sat in a bean bag chair right behind me and I tripped, nearly falling on him and showing what was underneath my dress!
- Listen to a comedy podcast on your commute. Start your day laughing and notice how it impacts your stress during the day!
Check out this short article from the Mayo Clinic.