Did you know that April is National Humor Month? Laughing not only makes us feel good, but it can also strengthen your immune system, increase your energy and help protect you from the harmful effects of stress.
Live by this credo: have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. – Red Skelton
Humor can help you get through difficult times and can help diffuse situations before they get worse. According to The Mayo Clinic humor and laughter has several short and long term benefits.
- Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can impact your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
- Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.
- Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
Everyone laughs and finds humor in different things. My husband laughs hysterically at things that I barely crack a smile at. In my defense though, his sense of humor is like a 12-year-old boy’s. But then there are times that we start talking about something and next thing you know one of us says something and we can’t stop laughing.
“I realize that humor isn’t for everyone. It’s only for people who want to have fun, enjoy life, and feel alive” – Anne Wilson Schaef
There’s one thing that I know everyone will laugh at (or laugh with) and that’s a laughing baby. Check this out and tell me you didn’t laugh!
“If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor “.- Jennifer Jones
How to add more humor to your life:
- Watch a funny movie at home.
- Go to a comedy club.
- Read the Sunday comics.
- Spend time with people that have a sense of humor.
- Share a good joke or a funny story.
- Browse the ‘Humor’ section of a local bookstore
- Host game night with friends.
- Play with your pet.
- Be silly with your kids.
- Make time for fun activities (e.g. bowling, miniature golfing, karaoke).
Laughter is an instant vacation. – Milton Berle