How long has it been since you’ve had a good laugh? Not just cracking a smile at a co-worker’s bad pun, or chuckling at a meme you scrolled by in your social feed.
We’re talking about a deep, side-splitting laugh that brings tears to your eyes and makes you feel like your face just got a mini-workout.
If you can’t remember, you might want to put it on your to-do list.
April is National Humor Month, which means it’s a great time to get familiar with the health benefits of giggles and guffaws. Research shows laughter does our bodies good—physically and mentally.
Laughing makes you feel good
Every time you laugh, it sets off a positive chain reaction inside your body. Your brain triggers the release of feel-good chemicals, including endorphins. Laugh long enough and these endorphins can even make you feel a little euphoric, like a runner’s high.
That release can also relax your arteries and improve your blood flow, which is good for your heart.
Laughing with friends may diminish pain
The saying is that laughter is the best medicine. Now there is actual research showing that sharing laughter as part of a group may help reduce chronic pain.
A study reported in the Journal of Aging Research looked at a group of seniors who attended “humor therapy” for an hour a week, sharing jokes and funny stories, while the control group did not. After eight weeks, the first group reported feeling less physical pain than the other.
Laughing boosts your mental health
Perhaps most importantly, getting in some good laughs on a regular basis has been shown to reduce depression and boost people’s mood, and that’s a key part of your overall wellness.
A recent study outlined in the Korean Journal of Adult Nursing detailed the effects of laughter therapy on patients in long-term care hospitals. Patients who did laughing exercises, sang funny songs and participated in other play-based physical activities a couple times a week reported a decrease in their feelings of depression.
Make time for a laugh
Now you have proof that laughter is good for you, so be sure get some laughter in your life by making time for friends, family and activities you enjoy. That could be a long lunch or dinner, a weekend getaway or going to see your favorite comedian or movie.
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