National Humor Month: Laughter And Stress Reduction

“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment”

– Grenville Kleiser

National Humor Month. Yup, you read that correctly.

April is a month of all sorts of important stuff, like Lawn and Garden Month, National Kite Month and National Pecan Month, to name a few. Perhaps the establishment of these other national things are supposed to help us laugh.

Jokes aside, being humorous isn’t just about being silly; it may have some serious health perks.

What Can Humor Do For You?

Although there isn’t much solid scientific evidence that humor can heal serious health conditions, like diseases, when it comes to stress, it has a lot to offer.

According to Ramon Mora-Ripoll, these benefits include:

  • Releasing physical tension
  • Releasing emotional tension
  • Improving immune functioning
  • Stimulating circulation
  • Elevating mood
  • Enhancing cognitive functioning
  • Increasing friendliness

Humor may not be a wonder cure, at least, we can’t make that claim, but there is backing for its effects on stress. So, you may want to get a good laugh this National Humor Month.

How does humor help you?

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