Rx for Happiness: Laughter!


(This is one of my favorite Motivational Mondays from the archives, so I wanted to resend it—please let me know if you remember this one!) 

When was the last time you had a really good laugh? If you can’t remember, chances are you’re not laughing enough. The truth is, laughter is as important to your health as exercising, eating well, and getting enough sleep. 

Studies have shown that laughing decreases blood pressure and anxiety and acts as a natural anti-depressant. Laughter boosts your immunity and improves your resistance to illness. It also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Laughter, of course, helps put you in a positive mood and creates stronger bonds and relationships with others.

Technique of the week: Make it a goal to laugh (authentically) as often as possible. Spend time with people you think are funny—and who make you feel funny. Find the hilarity in some of the things you say, think and do. Look for humor whenever and wherever you can, it really is the best medicine!

Linda Fears