Contagious, bellowy, can’t-catch-your-breath-between-cackles, belly laughs are what it’s all about. We know, you’ve heard it before “Laughter is the best medicine.” But when it comes to stress, it’s just so true. It stimulates the body, and connects you with the people around you. Try and find some things to laugh at out there in the world, or better yet, learn to laugh at yourself and turn the stuff of stress into the stuff of comedy.
Laughter can stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Where should you start?
Easiest option? The internet. Plenty to laugh at that’s supposed to be funny, and plenty to laugh at that wasn’t. Try starting with one of these to get the juices flowing:
Most of us are likely spending too much time at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh with people far away. Find something funny, share it with your distant friends and family and laugh together!