Yesterday was one of the rainy gray days that make you want to stay in bed and do nothing. If you are anything like me then too many of those days in a row start to get you down. So if that is you then it is important to practice extra self-care on those gloomy days. One way I took care of myself yesterday during the never ending rain was to laugh. I am sure you have heard that cliché that laughter is the best medicine, but there is some science behind it. According to the Mayo Clinics website (link at the bottom if you want more information) there are both short term and long term positive impacts to your health from laughing. Laughing stimulates multiple organs and causes those feel good chemicals called endorphins to be released in your brain. Laughing can also aid in muscle relaxation, improve immune system, and relieve pain. So how do you make yourself laugh when you aren't feeling it and the world outside is dark and dreary?
Some ways to make yourself laugh are to watch movies and TV shows you know are guaranteed to make you laugh. We all have at least one movie or TV show that every time we watch we are laughing hysterically even if you know what is going to happen. If you're a fan of stand up comedy you can always find plenty of standup shows on Netflix and if you don't have Netflix, YouTube is another great resource. Look up silly jokes online and if that alone doesn't get you giggling send them to your friends and family and see what they say. Do you have a friend that no matter what every time you talk to them they make you laugh? Call them! Have a chat. Last but certainly not least if you are one of those people, like me, who joined Tik Tok during the pandemic because there wasn't much else to do then spend sometime scrolling through to see what is new. There is almost always something there that is guaranteed to make you life.
For more information on the benefits of laughter check out the Mayo Clinics website