By: Peter Yurek, Chief Entertainment Officer

Have you heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine”? It is true! While it is fun to share a laugh, humour can also improve your physical and mental health, as well as enhance your social relationships.

Physical benefits:

  • Boosts immunity by increasing immune cells and antibodies.
  • Lowers stress hormones.
  • Decreases pain through the release of endorphins.
  • Relaxes your muscles by relieving physical tension.
  • Prevents heart disease by increasing blood flow and improving the function of blood vessels.
  • May even burn some calories and increase your lifespan.

Mental benefits:

  • Adds joy and zest to life.
  • Eases anxiety and tension since you can’t feel sad, worried, or angry when you laugh.
  • Relieves stress and increases energy so you stay focussed and accomplish more.
  • Improves mood by creating positive feelings.
  • Strengthens resilience by helping you keep a positive, optimistic outlook.

Social benefits:

  • Bolsters relationships by adding joy, vitality and resilience.
  • Attracts others to us because laughter is contagious.
  • Enhances teamwork by triggering positive feelings.
  • Helps defuse conflict by healing resentments, disagreements and hurts.
  • Promotes group bonding by fostering emotional connection.

Need to add more humour and laughter to your life?

  • Begin with smiling more. It is contagious.
  • Count your blessings.
  • Seek out laughter and find out what is so funny.
  • Surround yourself with photos or items that make you smile.
  • Spend time with people who laugh easily.
  • Bring humour into conversations. Retell jokes and funny stories.
  • Remember to laugh at yourself.
  • Don’t dwell on negative situations.
  • Find your inner child.
  • Don’t go a day without laughing.

Laughter can heal many hurts and it is fun, free and easy to use! Next time you are feeling overwhelmed with life, try a little humour to lighten your load, brighten your way and improve your health!


Donna Holcombe

Very well written and very true. More people need to do these things to make their life happier. Thanks for shary.

Donna Holcombe

Very well written and very true. More people need to do these things to make their lives happier. Thanks for shary.