Turns out, laughter actually is the best medicine! Laughing boosts your mood, lowers stress hormones, diminishes pain and relaxes the body. Humour is a wonderful tool to learn not to take things too seriously, release anger and connect you to others. Make sure to create enough opportunities to laugh:
- Surround yourself with funny people
- Try laughter yoga
- Watch a funny movie (British comedies are my favorites!)
- Always look on the bright side of life
- Laugh at yourself
By reducing stress and increasing immune cells, laughing can support your immune system. Also, laughing releases endorphins, the chemical that makes you happy, so it can further improve your sense of well-being. The short-term effects of laughter include muscle relaxation, stimulated circulation and an enhanced intake of oxygen-rich air. The long-term effects are an improved immune system, increased personal satisfaction and an overall improved mood. I think I can truly say that I laugh a lot, in fact all the time! If you listen to any interview with me, you will hear me laughing all the time. Here is an example.