Sometimes we take for granted for simply little things that make us happy and improve our well-being. One of those things is laughter. According to studies, laughing takes less strength compared to frowning. When you laugh, you will experience many mental benefits.
5 benefits how laughter could improve your mental health
Improve blood vessels
When you laugh, it decreases your stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine, and adrenaline that have been constricting the blood vessels to function well.
Keep negative emotions under control
Laughter brings in positive emotions to help keep your anxiety, tension, anger, or conflict away. Through daily practice of laughing, it could also help decrease depression.
Medical treatment with no negative side effects
Health and medical experts believe that laughter is a very powerful way to keep you from feeling pain.
Laughter is a great way to increase your mood and energy through increase of endorphins in your blood cells.
Increase memory, alertness, and learning
Before taking a test, laughter will help calm and relax the brain. In a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, there was an increase of test scores when humor was used before taking the test.
How to bring laughter into your life:
• Think of situations that make you laugh
• Think of people who are funny and positive
• Rent a funny movie, read a funny book, or watch a funny sitcom
• Go to places that make you laugh
• Count your blessings: reinforcing what you appreciate in life will bring a smile out of you
• Share a joke
• Play with children
• Have a picture of someone that make you laugh next to your bed stand and look at it before going to bed
That being said, here is some mental health humor. Constantly being negative about our illnesses can only make us worse off than we were to begin with….
Your body cannot heal without play.
Your mind cannot heal without laughter.
Your soul cannot heal without joy.
— Catherine Rippenger Fenwick