The idea that you can use humour, laughter, and play to promote your health probably seems too simple to be true. However, it really is true and that simple.
The sound of laughter is infectious
Have you ever heard a belly laugh of a young child and been able to resist smiling in return? Roaring laughter is brilliantly contagious. When laughter is shared between people, it binds them together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter is beneficial physically, mentally and socially.
Have you seen that youtube video going around whereby a man starts to laugh while travelling alone on the tube? He sees something funny on his phone, finds it hilarious and then can’t stop laughing. It is obviously set up as a social experiment. People at first appeared curious at what could possibly be so funny to warrant this public display of laughter from something personal to him. People just started to join in. No one had a clue what he is laughing at or what they were laughing at. It was a true display of being present in that moment. The laughter just rippled through the carriage and I naturally joined in too from my laptop.
A bunch of strangers sharing a happy moment and all is well and perfect in the world for those moments. Ahhh, how magical to be caught in that powerful vibration of laughter.
Some of the physical benefits include:
- Boosted Immunity
- Lower stress hormones
- Preventing heart disease
- Relaxing your muscles
- Decreasing pain
Some of the mental benefits include:
- Easing anxiety and fear
- Improving mood
- Adding joy and zest to life
- Stress relief
- Enhancing resilience
Some of the social benefits include:
- Enhancing teamwork
- Helps to diffuse conflict
- Promotes group bonding
- Strengthens relationships
- Attracts others to us
What About Play
Play is an important part of ensuring you stay healthy. We are often encouraged to make sure our children play because of the benefits. However, what we often forget is that it is just as important for adults to incorporate play into our lives as well. Physical play is important for the elderly to help delay or prevent cognitive decline.
Play also gives people the emotional distance to rally from a hard day. This is true for people who have a dangerous or stressful job or life.
Some of the benefits of play include:
- Stress relief
- Improved brain function
- Boosted creativity and productivity
- Improved relationships
- Helps you feel younger
Play is also great for relationships
It brings joy, vitality, and resilience to our relationships and also helps us learn how to trust one another and feel safe.
How Can You Incorporate More Play, Laughter And Humor Into Your Life? Here are My Suggestions:
- Be more spontaneous: Being spontaneous helps you to get out of your head and away from your troubles.
- Smile: Smiling is the beginning of laughter. A smile is also just as contagious as laughter is. When you experience something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling. Maybe smile at someone you pass in the street (use your discretion) you will feel happier just by sharing a smile, even with a stranger. They may think you’re crazy, then again, they might not.
- Watch comedy: Comedy shows, either live or on television or DVD are a great and effortless way to laugh more. There are tons of comedians to choose from, I’m a big Peter Kay fan. So there is something for everyone.
- Count your blessings: By making a list of all the good things in your life, you will see all the reasons you have to smile. This will also help you focus more on the good and forget about the bad.
- Spend time with fun, playful people: We all love people with a great sense of humour and that could help you tap into your funny side.
- Dance whenever you can: shake what your mama gave you to your favourite song and get your blood flowing and increase those endorphins.
- Set up a game night: Game nights take minimal effort and will encourage laughter, play, and emotional release. Playing games together is a great way to stay connected and engaged with your family and friends. My favourite broad game is Taboo, I normal end up crying with laughter and become fiercely competitive in a fun way.
Incorporating more play, humour, and laughter into your life isn’t difficult and can bring a multitude of benefits to your mind, body and soul.
Taking even just fifteen minutes a day to implement some of the above tips into your life is enough that you will begin seeing the positive effects.
Much love and loads of belly laughter to you,
Love Cherron x
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