Have you ever heard the phrase “Laughter is the Best Medicine?” Well, according to some studies, laughter produces chemicals in our bodies that relieve stress and enhance one’s physical and mental health and that positive thinking can help people heal from illnesses. If that holds true, then laughter is a good thing and what better way to recognize it then with a month to celebrate humor.
April is “National Humor Month,” founded by humorist Larry Wilde in 1976. Ironically, it is also “National Stress Awareness Month.” Coincidental? Maybe, maybe not. April Fool’s Day occurs on the 1st of the month too… Hmmmm. What do you think?
If that doesn’t intrigue you, then maybe a few fun facts might:
- Did you know laughter can reduce pain? Laughter produces endorphins, natural pain-killing hormones.
- Did you know laughter relaxes the whole body? One good laugh can relieve physical tension and relax muscles for up to 45 minutes.
- Did you know laughter helps the heart? Laughter increases blood flow, which helps prevent cardiovascular problems.
The great thing about humor is that it is all around you, it’s fun, and it doesn’t cost anything. So this is a perfect time to add a little humor to your life. Check out these free resources to laugh it up, relieve stress, spread the word, and make someone else happy…