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Boosting wellbeing from laughing

Boosting wellbeing from laughing

More and more research shows us that the benefits of laughter are wide-ranging and easily accessible. Laughter is not just a spontaneous response to something funny and although it is a social activity it can be also self-induced.

In order to develop our wellbeing with laughter, we must be able to enjoy laughing at humor itself, teach ourselves a level of comedic skill, share this with others, and also be able to laugh without the use of humor.


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Gelotology: the study of humor and laughter

Gelotology: the study of humor and laughter

  • This is what the physiological and psychological study of laughter is called.
  • It was founded by American psychologist, William Fry, from Stanford University.


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Physiological benefits of laughter

  • Enhanced immune system
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced chances for heart disease
  • Decreases the risk of onset diabetic complications
  • Increases pain tolerance
  • It also burns calories.


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Lord Byron

"Always laugh when you can. It's cheap medicine".



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Psychological benefits of laughter

  • Releases mood-boosting chemicals like endorphins
  • Reduces feelings of stress and depression
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Increases self-esteem and creative thinking
  • Enhances environment for learning.


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Benefits of self-directed laughter

Benefits of self-directed laughter

Self-directed laughter helps maintain positive mental health during stressful times, diffuses a tense situation, and brings the focus back to what's more important.

Psychologists call laughing at oneself, “self-directed laughter” - having insight while still having...

Laughing At Yourself

Laughing At Yourself

Laughing at yourself is a hard humor skill to develop, however there are some steps to follow to be able to strategically desensitize yourself:

  • Figure out what's funny for you and surround yourself with more of it
  • Liste down the things you don't like about yourself
  • ...

15. Sport

15. Sport

Participating in a new sport or a sport you love is beneficial not only to your brain but also to your muscles. Sports teach you various skills, including coordination, and with practice, you will be able to enhance your response time.

More importantly, when you engage in sports you like, y...

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