• Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.
• Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.
• Humour shifts perspective , allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.
• Humour and playful communication strengthen our relationships by triggering positive feelings and fostering emotional connection. When we laugh with one another, a positive bond is created. This bond acts as a strong buffer against stress, disagreements, and disappointment.
• Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing alone. Create opportunities to laugh.
– Watch a funny movie or TV show.
– Go to a comedy club.
– Read the funny pages.
– Seek out funny people.
– Share a good joke or a funny story.
– Check out your bookstore’s humor section.
– Host game night with friends.
– Play with a pet.
– Go to a “laughter yoga” class.
– Goof around with children.
– Do something silly.
– Make time for fun activities (e.g. bowling, miniature golfing, karaoke).
• Shared laughter is one of the most effective tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting. All emotional sharing builds strong and lasting relationship bonds, but sharing laughter and play also adds joy, vitality, and resilience. And humour is a powerful and effective way to heal resentments, disagreements, and hurts. Laughter unites people during difficult times.
• Incorporating more humor and play into your daily interactions can improve the quality of your love relationships— as well as your connections with co-workers, family members, and friends. Using humor and laughter in relationships allows you to :
– Be more spontaneous.
Humour gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.
– Let go of defensiveness.
Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts.
– Release inhibitions.
Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.
– Express your true feelings.
Deeply felt emotions are allowed to rise to the surface.
• Get a pet.
Most of us have experienced the joy of playing with a furry friend, and pets are a rewarding way to bring more laughter and joy into your life. But did you know that having a pet is also good for your mental and physical health? Studies show that pets can protect you depression, stress, and even heart disease.
• Laughter is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Even if you did not grow up in a household where laughter was a common sound, you can learn to laugh at any stage of life.
• Begin by setting aside special times to seek out humor and laughter, as you might with working out, and build from there. Eventually, you’ll want to incorporate humor and laughter into the fabric of your life, finding it naturally in everything you do.