International moment of laughter day
Stressless Spring 2021 – Stress Awareness Month
I’m sure we have all heard the saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’, but I wonder how many of us have actually taken time to think about this and realise how true it can be.
What is it?
The International Moment of Laughter was first launched on April 14th 1997 and was created by Humourist Izzy Gesell. It’s easy to see that Izzy Gesell has an extremely strong connection to humour and laughter and a very strong belief in its power.
So Izzy Gesell wanted to encourage the globe to laugh more individually, while also doing what we can to make those around us laugh as well. To create and share happiness and joy, having a simple, but strong impact on mental health.
What is Stress?
Everybody will experience stress on a regular basis in their lives. For most, this will be of minimal impact, however, there will be times when stress is experienced at an increasingly high level. Stress can be brought on by so many things, for example, financial difficulties, unexpected changes in life, health problems or academic requirements. We then experience an automatic bodily response, which we have very little control over; ‘our body produces stress hormones that trigger a fight or flight response and activates our immune system’. (Mental Health Foundation, 2016)
To learn more about stress head over to the Mental Health Foundation
So why is laughter good for you?
It is fair to say that we all experience a variety of benefits when it comes down to laughter. We will feel some more than others; with our experiences being totally different to what our friends or family may experience. However, it is still a benefit for all and makes everyone of us feel good.
The benefits of laughter and humour
|Physical Health Benefits||Mental Health Benefits||Social Benefits|
|Boosts immunity||Adds joy and zest to life||Strengthens relationships|
|Lowers stress hormones||Eases anxiety and tension||Attracts others to us|
|Decreases pain||Relieves stress||Enhances teamwork|
|Relaxes your muscles||Improves mood||Helps defuse conflict|
|Prevents heart disease||Strengthens resilience||Promotes group bonding|
I’m sure we don’t need to ask, but wouldn’t it be nice to feel a bit more positive in some of these areas?
- Make yourself laugh at least once today.
- Make someone you know, family or friend laugh.
- Try to make a stranger laugh.
What ways will you consider?
References & Sources
Gesell, I. (2018/2021) April 14th International Moment of Laughter Day. Available at: https://izzyg.com/international-moment-of-laughter/ (Accessed: 2021).
HelpGuide (1999/2021) Laughter is the best medicine. Available at: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm (Accessed: 2021).
Mental Health Foundation (2016/2021) Stress. Available at: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stress?gclid=CjwKCAjw07qDBhBxEiwA6pPbHi7eWK4VMxLvNxgu4vaOccasO8Ty5GnlkJS3Xc0V5S5PNp-aAT0iEBoCJqEQAvD_BwE (Accessed: 2021).