People who laugh frequently have demonstrated greater capacity to deal with stress. The University of Basel investigated normal laughing behaviour – we laugh on average 14 times a day, women more than men – and those who laugh more appear to better deal with stressful triggers. Interestingly, it is not related to the intensity of laughter – perhaps a smile is enough!
Other studies have found that laughter is good medicine, in that it
- Reduces sensitivity to pain
- Reduces blood sugar levels
- Improves job productivity
- Improves communication
- Relaxes blood vessels, therefore protects the heart and reduces blood pressure
- Releases endorphins, helping you feel happy
- Builds relationships
So let’s do more of it – what’s your best joke?