Q: Why do bicycles fall over?
A: Because they are two-tired!
Q: What did one snowman say to the other snowman?
A: Do you smell carrots?
But seriously, folks — laughing is no laughing matter. If you want to be healthy; if you want to be positively connected to others; if you want to be happy, you gotta laugh, laugh, laugh.
Laughing is an antidote to depression, anxiety and tension. People who are able to see the humor in things generally have more optimism, more hope for the future, and less angst about the past.
Laughing can help us de-stress. When people laugh with a full-bellied guffaw, their muscles relax and their circulation gets stimulated. Laughing lowers levels of the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine.
Laughing helps us fight disease: When we ROFL (roll on the floor laughing), our blood vessels open up and the body is better able to fight off disease. Furthermore, some studies show that when people laugh, T cells, the cells that fight disease, get activated.
Laughing reduces your risk of stroke and heart attack. Believe it or not, hearty laughing is a good cardio workout. When we’ve had a good laugh, the whole cardiovascular system relaxes.
Laughing can help us manage pain and speed up the healing process. When we giggle, chuckle and laugh, our bodies release endorphins, the hormones that make us feel good.
Laughing brings us closer to people. Others are drawn to us, and we to them. When with other people, we’re all more likely to laugh out loud to share the fun. People who laugh easily and often are even found to be sexier by others.
Here, then are some reminders of how to add more laughter to your life: