4. Have you forgotten to laugh?

You might wonder why laughter is the best medicine? When you’re feeling down finding friends to laugh with can help your brain trigger its own laughter response and foster closeness, both of which contribute to your sense of well-being. Why do you think that sense of humor is such an important trait when looking for a partner? We like the feeling of shared laughter and our body wants as much of this feeling as possible.

Laughter reduces pain and stress,  increases resilience, immunity and productivity, connects people emotionally, and improves the flow of oxygen to the heart and brain. It reduces pain and allows us to tolerate discomfort – the amount of pain remains the same, but your perceived pain levels reduce and your belief that you can cope increases. Laughter by itself isn’t the solution but it can help a person overcome discomfort.

Most importantly laughter combats depression. By being a witness to our situation rather than allowing ourselves to feel the victim we can find the humor in it and see with fresh eyes. Even forced laughter releases a cocktail of hormones, neuropeptides, and dopamine that can start to improve your mood.

So keep your funny friends around you, subscribe to comedians youtube channels, allow your dad to send you jokes on whatsapp – crack up more than often so you can feel light and remind yourself to not take life too seriously.