Laughter strengthens the immune system, reduces pain and lowers stress. An excellent way to take care of yourself in these times is to dedicate some time each day to laughter. For example, I love watching the movie “Young Frankenstein”; sharing a funny situation, acting the clown, telling jokes (never at the expense of others; try to “laugh with” rather than “laugh at”). One of the greatest stress relievers is our ability to laugh at ourselves.
So what does science say about laughter?
Good Mood and More Laughter: Laughter helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. It will help to maintain a more positive outlook during the day
Healthy Exercise to Beat Stress: Laughter is like an aerobic exercise (cardio workout) which brings more oxygen to the body and brain thereby making one feel more energetic and relaxed.
Health Benefits: Laughter reduces stress and strengthens the immune system.
Quality of Life: Laughter is a positive energy which helps people to connect with other people quickly and improves relationships.
Positive Attitude in Challenging Times: Everyone can laugh when life is good, but how does one laugh when faced with challenges? Laughter helps to create a positive mental state to deal with negative situations and negative people. It gives hope and optimism to cope with difficult times.
Make laughter a part of your day.
To get you started, here is a link to a beautiful video: Bodhisattva on the metro