The Magic of Laughter

What a miserable freaking world we live in right now. The COVID virus wreaking havoc. Ill-mannered super stars mouthing off. Narcissistic world leaders inflicting their poisonous views on the great unwashed and dire warnings of global disaster breathlessly repeated on news ad nauseam.

How much weight can a single person carry without a meltdown?


The following are a few of my favorite mental health day links to some very funny (in my eyes) videos. Keep in mind, I have a weird sense of humour (my kids say) so what tickles my funny bone, may not tickle yours.  Here we go:

The Monty Python Gang and a military trial

Ricky Gervais and Noahs Ark

The late, great George Carlin

Fawlty Towers with the wonderful John Cleese

Everybody Loves Raymond Bloopers

Seinfeld Bloopers

Seinfeld Cosmos Kramer

Funny animals

Funny kids.

The very funny Stuart McClean

I realize many of the above (maybe all) are not to everyone’s taste. But the idea is to take a laugh-break each day. Laughter release endorphins that make you feel better.  When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke. 

A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do. A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. 

Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress. 

Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long term. Laughter can improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.

Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

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Written by Michael Trigg

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