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?

References:

  • https://www.unibas.ch/en/News-Events/News/Uni-Research/Laughter-acts-as-a-stress-buffer—and-even-smiling-helps.html
  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200504/laughter-the-best-medicine#:~:text=Laughter%2C%20it%27s%20said%2C%20is%20the%20best%20medicine.%20And,increasing%20glucose%20tolerance%20in%20diabetics%20and%20nondiabetics%20alike.
  • https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/coronavirus-/12448512
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2017/06/05/six-science-based-reasons-why-laughter-is-the-best-medicine/#24261f407f04