Laughter reduces stress. A good laugh relaxes the entire body, releasing physical tension in your muscles. Laughter stimulates circulation and aides muscle relaxation, reducing some of the physical symptoms of stress. Because laughter reduces stress, it can actually help improve memory function.
Laughter improves your immune system by increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. Laughter releases endorphins; natural feel-good substances that help us feel happy and lessen the perception of physical pain. In addition, it reduces levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which minimizes pain and inflammation throughout the body.
While it may not seem like exercise, laughter provides a workout for your whole body, especially your abdominal muscles and diaphragm.
Afraid you have an underdeveloped, or nonexistent, sense of humor? No problem. Humor can be learned. Find a few simple items, such as photos, greeting cards or comic strips that make you chuckle and hang them somewhere you will see them. Read funny books or magazines or watch silly movies or videos. Make it a habit to spend time with people who make you laugh. In return, share funny stories or jokes with those around you.
Here are a few one-liners to get you started. Did you hear about the new corduroy pillows? They’re making headlines everywhere! Why can’t a bike stand on its own? It’s two tired. My friend recently got crushed by a pile of books, but he’s only got his shelf to blame. Why don’t you ever see hippopotamus hiding in trees? Because they’re really good at it.
So take time to laugh and remember laughter is a stress-reducer, immunity-booster, heart-helper, and confidence-builder.