Jamie Aldridge explores the many benefits of laughing
Laughter is the ultimate connector. It’s a language that doesn’t require words and a feeling that can bring us together in a way nothing else can.
As we gear up for World Laughter Day on May 7th, let’s delve into the amazing ways laughter can benefit our social and physical health.
World Laughter Day was brought to life in 1998 by the founder of the Laughter Yoga movement, Dr. Madan Kataria. The day aims to promote global peace and friendship through the power of laughter.
Socially, laughter can serve as a conduit for connection, allowing us to break down barriers and create lasting bonds with those around us. It can also help diffuse tense or stressful situations, offering a moment of levity that can help shift our perspective.
Ben agrees, saying “I’m so grateful I have a good sense of humour. It allows me to keep a positive attitude: to laugh at ourselves and our circumstances can offer a bigger and calmer perspective.”
Beyond the social benefits, laughter has a remarkable impact on our mental and physical health.
Laughter really is the best medicine 😂
Verywell Mind and the Mayo Clinic report that laughter has been proven to reduce stress hormones, lower blood pressure, relieve pain, reduce insomnia and loneliness, and even strengthen the immune system!
If you’re looking to bring more laughter into your life, there are plenty of ways to do so. Try watching a comedy film, reading a funny book, or spending time with friends who make you laugh, whatever works for you. You could also give laughter yoga a try, or simply find ways to incorporate more humour into your everyday routine.
Laughter is truly one of the most magical things we can experience as humans. It connects us to one another, heals our bodies, and brightens our days. It really is the best medicine and I’m very grateful that I find many ways to have a laugh!
I like browsing through different comedians’ routines from Live At The Apollo’s YouTube channel.
When I need a good laugh, I watch videos of goats that scream like humans!
Jamie studied creative media production at college and now works for Age UK Camden. Jamie is interested in the topics of mental health, disability and LGBT rights, and how these issues affect young people.