Laughter is a hugely underrated activity.
A lot of us may do this often, but often a lot of us lose the ability to laugh when mental health issues are weighing down on us. At times, anxiety and depression can leave you gasping for air, let alone expelling excess air in a belly roaring laugh. So, what makes you laugh? And why is it important to try and do this each and everyday?
We All Have Different Laughter Triggers.
We all find different things funny. Write a list of your laughter triggers. Here’s mine:
- My amazing boys. My children often do or say hilarious things.
- Ant and Dec. Two of the funniest people to grace my TV presence. I love watching I’m a Celeb and Saturday Night Takeaway.
- Toilet Humour. Yes, I still have toilet humour.
- You’ve Been Framed. A TV classic!
- My family. These are the people that make me laugh the most.
- Friends. I love having a laughing fit with a friend.
- Old memories. A trip down memory lane, focusing on the funny moments that reel off in my brain, like real life clips that belong on You’ve Been Framed, always does the trick.
- Being stupidly tired. Does anyone else get to that tired giggly state?
Friends is the ultimate TV show that makes me laugh.
Try a funny book- Very British Problems has great reviews!
Surround Yourself With The Right People.
People that spark joy and laughter are the best people to be around. Life is too short to be around those that are only interested in idle gossip and drama.
Make sure your circle of friends are the type that aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves and the ones that you often smile and laugh around. If they’re not, make sure you are finding company that loves a giggle too!
Laugh Each and Every Day.
It’s important to make laughter part of your every day life. Laughter releases happy endorphins, whilst reducing the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and dopamine.
It provides a positive release of emotions, leaving you lighter and happier. It is good for you. But we, as adults, don’t do it enough.
Children laugh over 400 times a day, where as us adults laugh a lot less. Yet, we are the ones that need it the most. Try to find the laughter and humour in every day life. Look at your list, make sure you’re fitting one of these activities into your life each day.
Maybe it’s going on YouTube to watch funny videos? Or going for a drink with a friend?
Laughter connects us all, it takes away from the stresses and strains of every day life and gives us a work out with our stomach muscles! Get more laughter in your life.
When Was The Last Time You Laughed?
If it wasn’t today, then make it your mission to have a laugh at something today! Try something from your list of laughter triggers, or go on YouTube to find a funny video compilation. Allow yourself time each and everyday to have a giggle.
Soon, you will feel the benefits of this simple, yet effective, human response.
What is a laughter trigger for you? Pop a comment below, I would love to hear from you.