April Fool’s Day may be a time to pull laughable pranks, but it shouldn’t be the only day we place importance on a good chuckle. When it comes to belly laughs, more is better – laughter could offer real health benefits. Research shows that regular laughter may help improve stress, immunity, resilience, depression, pain, blood sugar levels, and sleep quality. The good news is that laughing more is not only fun, but is also easy to weave into your life. Consider the following tips for injecting more humor into every day:
Think funny for entertainment. When choosing a book, TV show, or movie, go for comedy over drama.
Giggle-charge your social media. Follow funny people to infuse your daily browsing with a dose of humor.
Spend time with funny people. Of course, more serious friends are important, too – but variety is the spice of life, so make sure you have a few buddies who make you laugh.
Embrace positive laughter. If you laugh at the expense of others, it’s counterproductive. Laughter is great medicine, but only if it’s in a positive spirit.
Find humor in the every day. When it comes to some life predicaments, you have a choice – to laugh or to cry. Our vote is for the former!
Hang out with a kid. Kids laugh exponentially more than adults, so spend some time with the pint-sized set to reap the benefits.
Even if laughing didn’t have potential health benefits, laughter is contagious and lots of fun – and who needs a prescription for that? Laugh more, and bring more joy and happiness into your life and the lives of those around you.