Laughter is the Best Medicine

We can all relate to the many stresses of life; work, school, caring for loved ones, and trying to balance it all. Life can be so serious, and if we take it to heart it could affect our wellbeing. We've all heard that age old saying, “laughter is the best medicine,” and now there are numerous studies to back it up. Laughter and humor have long been used as alternative medical therapies, and always offer no dose requirements, no negative side effects, and no allergies. Did you know there is now laughter yoga? We hope these key findings and tips help you find a daily dose of “laughter” in your day!

 

Some key benefits of laughter:

  • More oxygen delivery to the brain as well as increased blood flow.

  • Increases your endorphins.

  • Strengthens your abdominal muscles.

  • Lowers your stress hormones.

  • Improves overall emotional and physical wellbeing.

 

Some tips on how to incorporate daily laughter:

  • Try watching comedies or funny YouTube videos.

  • Play board games with the family.

  • Ask Alexa to tell you a joke.

  • Spend time with children and listen to the fascinating, funny things they say.

  • Play with your pets.

  • Do something silly! Try a cartwheel, talk in accents, or sing aloud.

 
 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2762283/

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/video/laughter-life-bring-health-74793769

 

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