Positive Mental Health Day 2

Day 2

Challenge 2: Make Someone Laugh

Todays challenge is to make someone Laugh. We hope to do that for you all later with the Performance from Reuben the Entertainer.

It’s fun to share a good laugh. But did you know it can actually improve your health?

It’s true: laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body.

 Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.

As children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, but as we grow up life tends to be more serious and laughter more infrequent. By seeking out more opportunities for humour and laughter, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to your life.

Physical health benefits of laughter

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease

Mental health benefits of laughter

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and tension
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Strengthens resilience

 

·         Here is one way to start:

·         Smile. Smiling is the beginning of laughter and like laughter, it’s contagious. When you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling. Instead of looking down at your phone, look up and smile at people. Notice the effect this has on others.