The Challenge: Some days can get so tough that we forget to laugh.
The Science: Research finds that laughter has surprising benefits for our well-being.
The Solution: Find opportunities to laugh out loud every day!
Everyone enjoys a good laugh, but who actually makes time for it in their lives? Sure, we enjoy it when we happen to hear a funny joke, hang around with someone with a good sense of humor, or watch a comedy. But few of us take our laughs seriously (no pun intended!). But we should! The science of laughter – though still preliminary – suggests that it has tremendous benefits for our health and psychological well-being.
1) It improves your relationships. Research shows it makes you more open to new people & helps you build relationships
4) It improves your health. For example, a study with diabetic patients found that it lowers stress and inflammation and increases good cholesterol. Have you ever found yourself laughing while telling a joke or funny story? Maybe you were anticipating the ending and laughed your way through the end of the joke. Another study suggests that just anticipating a funny event boosted immune function while decreasing stress-related hormones.
5) It makes you a better learner! When we are trying to learn something new, we usually are pretty serious, but research shows that a good laugh while learning new material will help you engage with it more!
6) It’s makes you attractive. A recent study shows that humor and playfulness are highly valued traits in potential romantic partners.
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