Have you ever heard the phrase “Laughter is the best medicine”? There is some real truth behind this well-known phrase. Psychologist William Fry suggested that laughter should be known as “Internal jogging”. This is thanks to the fact that laughter has a similar effect on the heart as exercise does.

There’s also a real indication that laughter can relax your blood pressure and muscles while enhancing your immune system. In fact, a study of almost 21,000 senior citizens showed that people who laughed every day were much less likely to suffer from heart disease. If that isn’t a great excuse to have a good chuckle, I don’t know what is. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Want to feel happier? Make yourself laugh. You can do this by:

  • Learn to laugh on your own – Not everyone is comfortable laughing on their own. However, with a bit of practice, we can all enjoy a chuckle when no one else is around. Watch a funny movie, listen to a comedian. Have some fun, and intentionally try to laugh more often. You can force yourself to laugh, even if it might feel a little strange at first. 
  • Laughing with others – Have a laugh with your friends and family. Do something that makes you all giggle. 

  • Write your own jokes – Writing your own jokes is a great way to make yourself and others laugh. You don’t have to be the world’s greatest comedian to make others chuckle. If you don’t want to write your own jokes have simply find some jokes that you love and repeat them to people you want to make laugh. Ensure that the jokes you tell don’t hurt anyone and they’re not inappropriate, you want to make people laugh rather than offend them. 

There’s plenty of research out there that shows laughter is beneficial to both psychological and physical health. So go on, do or watch something that makes you laugh! 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk