Benefits of Laughter: Find Joy in the Midst of Winter
Let’s face it. Winter in Western New York can be challenging. With long-lasting nights and lower than average temperatures, it’s easy to stay inside and allow yourself to turn bleak. That’s why we’re looking at a few simple tricks to add to your tool belt when it comes to making it through these next few months!
So, what’s one of the best ways to kick the winter blues? Just laugh them off!
Research has been showing that not only is laughter the best medicine mentally, but it also does wonders for your body physically.
What can laughter do for you in this season?
It increases your immune system.
Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells we have working for us and enhances the effectiveness of T cells- making you ready to fend off any disease!
It reduces negative stress.
It’s hard to keep worrying when your laughing! Not only that, but laughter can cause your cortisol and adrenaline levels to drop drastically while increasing endorphins.
It brings you hope.
Have you ever felt like your problems grew after a good laugh? No! It’s quite the opposite- when you laugh off your issues you are able to see situations clearly. This makes us hopeful for the solutions that are to come!
It heals your heart.
Laughter drastically helps to reduce your blood pressure, and is seen as being effective as aerobic exercise!
It sets you up for success.
Once you start laughing, it’s easier to see the good in every situation! If we start our day off by laughing at ourselves rather than getting upset, it’s easy to stay optimistic throughout the rest of the day.
We truly believe that you can overcome anything, even a long winter! So go ahead, grab a few friends for a board game night or tuck in and watch your favorite stand up comedian. Whatever you choose to do, find a way to bring some joy into your life!