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Humor and Laughter Benefits

Friday, July 20th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Humor and Laughter Health Benefits

Laughter is a huge part of my life and I have a very silly sense of humor. I mean, I have to in order to stay sane with all my animals running around being crazy all the time. So, when I ran across this article, I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

This is an article all about how humor and laughter influence your health. Under the heading of “In This Article,” you will find 10 links that will jump you to different topics in the article.

They are:

Health benefits of humor and laughter – Here you will learn all about the different ways humor can benefit your life. From stress reduction to boosting your immune system to helping you instantly relax, the benefits are many. Laughter can be as contagious as a yawn and can lower your blood pressure. Find out more in this area!

How does humor improve mental health? – Laughter is a response, a physical response to humor. So, how in turn does humor improve our mental health? Did you know that by just trying to find the humor in a situation, you can elevate your mood and reduce stress? It is also an excellent way of shifting the way you think from the negative to the positive.

Use humor to stay healthy emotionally – Emotional health is far more important than we give it credit for. But why do we need humor to stay emotionally healthy? Find out here.

Social benefits of humor and laughter – Learn about how humor improves our social relationships. Even smiling due to humor has a lasting social benefit. But mostly, the benefit is how humor and laughter can bring us together and help us through the rough patches in life.

Bring more humor into your lives – How can we cultivate more humor in our lives?

What characterizes a humorous experience – This is where you’ll learn all about the components of humor, as well as, the different types.

Hurtful vs. healthful humor – We all know about hurtful humor, like making fun of someone and laughing. At one time or another, just about everyone has been on the end of hurtful humor. So, how can we make sure our humor is healthful?

Make sure your humor won’t offend – Learn when it’s appropriate to use humor and to avoid derogatory humor.

How can you expand your sense of humor – This was my favorite part, because it gives you challenges you can do to expand your sense of humor. I am constantly looking to my pets for amusement. They always amaze me with their antics!

Reference and resources – This section, of course, explains where they found all this information so that you too can further your study of how humor and laughter will benefit you.

So, tell me, when was the last time you had a big ol’ belly laugh?!

~ Amanda

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