Why did the banana go to the doctor? It wasn’t peeling well!
There is usually at least a little truth in a cliché. You’ve heard that “laughter is the best medicine.” Doesn’t everyone feel better after a hearty laugh?
Kicking off with April Fool’s Day, April is National Humor Month. Finding reasons to laugh is good for you—whether it’s a corny joke, funny movie or simply talking with friends who share your sense of humor.
Why is laughter good for you? It releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormone, reducing pain and increasing a sense of well-being. Laughter also releases nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. One surprising benefit of a good laugh: it can help improve your memory!
Taking the time to laugh, especially with others, is worth the investment. Laughing with a group of friends helps form strong social bonds. Finding humor also gives people resiliency in adverse circumstances
Reducing stress, boosting the immune system, decreased cardiovascular disease, even living longer—all of these have been associated with humor and laughter.