I am a big fan of laughing. I’m probably laughing right now…or at least desperately trying to make someone else laugh.

 

I’m never quite sure if everyone else is a fan of me laughing. My laugh has drawn comparisons with Jimmy Carr and Michelle Visage (which I take as HUGE compliments), but also a hyena (which I take less as a compliment). Nonetheless, I have ALWAYS believed that laughter truly is the best medicine.

 

Now, of course, there are actual real-life facts, stats and data that prove I am, in fact, right to believe how great laughing and laughter is. I’m not going to write a scientific study here, so apologies to anyone reading who thinks I’m spreading fake news. It’s not my intention. But here are some of the amazing things I’ve seen about the power of laughter:

  • It can release endorphins, relax you, and boost your immune system
  • It can help diffuse conflict; help form social bonds and is imperative for healthy relationships
  • It gets your brain working, can lessen anxiety and has even been compared to antidepressants in how it can help alleviate negative feelings and thoughts
  • AND it helps keep your heart healthy, can burn calories, and may even help you live longer!

 

All of which means I’ve cancelled my gym membership and now do at home brain and body workouts by simply watching my favourite comedy shows instead, all in the name of living longer.

 

All of those reasons are brilliant and totally valid. But why is it that I will go out of my way to make any ridiculous gag I possibly can (and I mean any, most of the time it’s a shot in the dark with a pity laugh from the ever-courteous Ellie)?

 

Well, it’s because I honestly think humour can get you through anything. Yes, it may also be a bit of a defence mechanism, but I believe that making someone laugh is the best buzz you can give yourself. Because making someone else laugh not only makes you laugh more too, but the fact that you have made someone laugh, smile or even roll their eyes means you have lifted and impacted their day in some small way and THAT is powerful.

 

In fact, I’d go as far as to say that laughter isn’t just the best medicine, it’s an addictive drug. One I think we can (and should) all get hooked on. Particularly right now. So, if this crazy world is leaving you feeling blue, then get in touch with the funniest person you know and feel the endorphins flow – chances are you’ll make their day as well as your own. Life is simply better when you’re laughing.

 

SvK

P.S. Please don’t ACTUALLY get hooked on laughing – we certainly don’t need a repeat of the Tanganyika laughter epidemic right now…