Looking Forward to April - National Humor Month

... (And we could all use a good chuckle these days).

It’s long been known that “laughter is the best medicine” and today, more than ever, we all need to find a little humor wherever we can.  It’s no surprise that since the onset of the coronavirus, there is increased anxiety among us all.  So, let’s look at how important laughter is, especially during these trying times.

Laughter does reduce stress.  When we are stressed, we produce a hormone called cortisol.  Laughter can significantly reduce cortisol levels.  How many times have you shared a good laugh with someone and they, in turn, thanked you and said they really needed that?

Laughter can reduce pain.  When laughing, we produce endorphins which are natural, pain-killing hormones. Endorphins are responsible for making us feel happy and they also help to lower stress levels.

Laughter helps the heart.  Supposedly when we laugh, we increase blood flow.  Laughing is a great way to release tension and naturally improve blood flow that can help prevent cardiovascular problems.

Laughter relaxes the whole body.  One good hearty laugh can relieve physical tension and can actually relax your muscles.

Laughter strengthens the immune system.  Apparently a good laugh decreases stress hormones and increases production of T-cells, immune proteins and infection-fighting antibodies.

National Humor Month was conceived by humorist Larry Wilde in 1976 as a means to heighten public awareness regarding the therapeutic worth of humor.  We all know that laughter can help to relieve stress.  Who doesn’t like to laugh?  So make it a point to enjoy life just a little more and learn to laugh with others or, for that matter, at yourself.