Lighten Up – How Laughter Changes Your Day

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It’s been said laughter is the best medicine. Who doesn’t love to laugh at a funny TV show, movie, or something funny their kids or pets are doing? If you’re having a bad day, laughter can change it completely.

Helps You Lighten Up

No one likes to be around a grumpy person. If you’re a serious person, try not taking yourself so seriously. One key to happiness is accepting that we’re all weird in our own way. You can’t control life, but you can control how you react to the things that happen to you.

Releases Stress

Laughter decreases physical tension and stress; this leaves your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes. Studies have shown that people with positive attitudes who laugh often live longer.

Increases Creativity

When you reduce tension through laughter, you open channels of creativity in your life. You can try different creative outlets, such as painting, sculpting, writing, or baking. You will enjoy being creative because you’re approaching it from a different perspective.

It Builds Relationships

There’s no better way to build a good relationship with your family and other important people in your life than by sharing funny stories or memories. Laughing together helps you engage with other people and improve relationships with them.

Helps With Pain

We’re not just talking about emotional pain here – the body creates a natural pain reliever when it releases endorphins from laughing. One study found that people who watched or took part in a comedy had a higher tolerance for physical pain. The more they laughed, the less pain they felt later.

Brings Out the Kid In You

One study found kids can laugh over 300 times a day; adults only laugh about 15 times a day. Ever wished you could feel like a kid again? Laughter helps you do it. Hanging out with your kids, or someone else’s kids if you have none of your own, can bring out your inner kid. You can even find ways to make your kids laugh – dress up in funny costumes, watch funny movies or videos.

These are just some benefits of laughter. As you search for more ways to add laughter, consider your personality; if it’s too serious, what you can do to lighten up? What else can you do to add more laughter? Spend more time with your kids or someone else’s kids? Watch move funny movies or read jokes online? The more you find ways to add laughter to your day, the more it benefits your life.

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