Everyone knows that on April Fools’ Day it’s better to be the one doing the pranking, than the one being pranked. But maybe this year it’s time for a change. Before you tap into your evil genius to start planning those clever pranks; sit back, relax and enjoy a few laughs instead.
After all, you’ve heard that laughter is the best medicine, so why not give it a try? Your health might just thank you for it. Here are a few jokes to help you get in a laughing mood:
- How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little boogie in it.
- What time did the woman go to the dentist? Tooth hurt-y.
The health benefits that laughter provides are no laughing matter (just kidding). From reducing inflammation and improving blood flow to soothing tension and stimulating your organs, here are 6 health perks to keep in mind:
- It’s a stress reliever. If you’ve been searching for an easy way to reduce stress, look no further than laughter. In fact, laughter has the exact opposite effect on your body that stress does. It’s able to stop the release of stress hormones and replace them with feel-good neurochemicals that have calming, anti-anxiety effect.
- It can help reduce pain. While laughing may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re in pain, it can offer some serious relief. When you laugh, your body produces natural pain killers. And it isn’t just the placebo effect, studies have shown that laughter doesn’t just up positive emotions; it helps to minimize pain, too.
- It supports immune health. Just in time for the end of flu season, laugher is a great way to feel better faster, or prevent a cold or the flu all together. Laughter has been shown to boost the number of infection-fighting antibodies and immune cells. It can also support the release of neuropeptides, which reduce stress and fight illness.
- It can help reduce hypertension. Because laughter improves blood flow, the result is reduced blood pressure. And laughter doesn’t just provide a temporary fix for high blood pressure; it has a positive impact for upwards of 24 hours. Overtime, getting in regular laughs may even be able to reduce your risk of heart disease.
- It supports brain health. And we aren’t just talking about mental health, although laughing supports that, too. Laughing actually serves as an exercise for your mind and has been linked to improved cognitive function.
- It can be quite the workout. This doesn’t mean that you should quit your exercise routine, but laughter can be a good core workout. If you’re enjoying a 10-15 minute laugh session, not only will your sides be a little sore, but you will also have burned close to 50 calories. That’s because laughing causes your stomach muscles to expand and contract.
Something to smile about.
April Fools’ Day is a great opportunity to do a little extra smiling and laughing with friends and family. But why stop there? After all, there’s no better feeling than good health. That’s why Gwinnett Medical Group Primary Careoffers the services, resources and support you need to achieve lasting health and wellness. With expert care you can count on, you and your family can breathe a little easier, relax a little more and laugh a lot harder.