Laughter has many proven health benefits but sometimes that’s the last thing on our minds when our to-do lists are never-ending and there are many deadlines to meet. Taking a few minutes to be mindful and be happy can never hurt.
According to the Mayo Clinic, laughing has proven to relieve stress by stimulating organs, soothe tension, relieve pain, improve mood, and boost the immune system. Positive thoughts can boost our sense of satisfaction and can also lessen the chance of feeling depressed or anxious. It might not seem natural to schedule laughter into our days, but it can remind us to be more present and live life to the fullest. Sometimes we can get into a rut and forget about all the things that bring us joy, however, forgetting this can be harmful to our minds and bodies in the long run.
How should laughter be scheduled into our everyday lives? Find a comedian that makes you laugh your heart out, befriend someone funny, spend more time with a friend that has the same sense of humor as you, watch a silly sitcom, read a funny book, read comics, follow a meme account on social media, or simply just read some light-hearted puns online! Talking to Siri, reminiscing about a time that made you laugh a ton, or trying a laughing meditation can also help lighten up the mood.