Laugh Therapy: How Comedy Shows Benefit Your Mental Health

August 23, 2023

Everyone loves a good laugh. That’s why stand up comedy is so popular. There are many talented comedians out there, with the Russell Brand show currently touring the UK – but did you know that laughter can actually benefit your mental health? Whether it’s laughing at someone on stage or giggling with your friends, laughter can heal, renew, eliminate stress and have an overall positive effect on the body. Let’s find out more.

Laughter Relaxes the Whole Body

Poor mental health can leave your body feeling achy, tense and stressed. While a good massage will help you unwind, a belly laugh at a live stand up comedy show can have the same effect, relieving tension through your mind and body. In fact, it can relax your muscles for up to 45 minutes, helping you to feel less tense.

Laughter is Good for the Immune System

Eating the right diet, getting enough sleep and incorporating exercise into your life can all boost your immune system. But laughter also decreases stress hormones, as well as increasing production of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. This all helps with disease resistance, meaning a good dose of laughter can have longer term benefits.

Laughter Releases Endorphins

Endorphins are the body’s feel-good hormones. They’re released during pleasurable activities such as exercise, massage, eating and spending time with loved ones. They’re also released when you laugh, helping you to feel a whole lot better about life in general. Endorphins can even relieve pain on a temporary basis.

Laughter Increases Blood Flow

Laughter helps to improve circulation and blood flow, which in turn helps organs such as the heart to stay healthy. With blood vessels working properly, there’s a decreased risk of cardiovascular issues such as heart attacks. Of course, you also need to take care of your physical health too, but laughter is the cherry on top of any diet and exercise plan.

Laughter is a Distraction

While you’re laughing you’re unlikely to think about the things that are worrying you. Your mind therefore gets a much-needed break. Spending more time with people who make you feel happy and laugh is therefore good for your mental health.

Laughter Can Make Your Feel Less Angry

Laughter can clear the air and help anger float away. Whether you’ve had a bad day at work or are just feeling a bit down, watching a comedy or going out with friends that make you giggle will lift your mood.

Laughter Can Change Your Perspective

Laughter helps us to take things less seriously and can change our views about scary or daunting situations. Instead of focussing on the negatives, try to see the lighter, funnier side and you may be able to deal with things a bit better.

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