It's no joke!

Laughter boosts health and builds relationships

April 1, 2016

April Fool's Day is celebrated by playing practical jokes on co-workers, friends or family. When done with good intentions, these jokes can provoke laughter, trigger good feelings and strengthen relationships.

Health benefits of laughter

  • Decreases pain
  • Boosts immunity
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Increases memory

Source: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Laughter is a form of non-verbal communication. From a soft chuckle, to a giggling fit, to a howling roar, laughing is an important social tool and a way for us to express our emotions.

We know laughing feels good. But it's also a good workout. According to an International Journal of Obesity article, laughing for 10 to 15 minutes can burn up to 40 calories. It improves blood flow, increases feel good endorphins, reduces stress hormones, and enhances the immune system.

It's said that laughter is the best medicine. While it can't replace medical treatment or care, being around people who make you laugh, watching funny movies or TV shows, reading funny material, can keep you in a positive mood and may help in the recovery process. It sure can't hurt – except maybe your belly muscles!

With all of its positive effects, what are we waiting for? Let's laugh!

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