Laughter Is The Best Medicine
By Kali Drane – Corporate Communications Specialist
Have you ever found yourself in a stressful situation, where when you look at it in retrospect, you find yourself laughing as you think back through the odd and chaotic circumstances?
As of late, a global crisis has turned our lives sideways. Neighbors are building Game of Thrones-style seats out of boxes of TP, friends are having virtual happy hours, some have discovered unique new hobbies such as pet costuming and thanks to Netflix, millions have learned way more than they ever thought they would about a strange culture involving tigers and bad hairstyles.
Finding the humor in the chaos and uncertainty can help shift our perspective and mindset to focus on the positive and comical rather than the negative. Laughter really can be “the best medicine”.
- relaxes the whole body. A good belly laugh relieves physical tension and stress, relaxing our muscles for up to 45 minutes after.
- boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells.
- 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.
- burns calories.Alright, so it’s no replacement for hitting the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories!
- may help you live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much.
There are many ways to find things to laugh about. Late night TV and streaming channels are flooded with comedians and sitcoms. Social media is a great source for short funny videos and even our daily lives can be comical, especially as we wear different hats and juggle some of our new realities as of late.
Have fun, keep laughing and stay safe!