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LAUGHTER IS THE

BEST MEDICINE!
The physical, mental and social
benefits of laughter.

Wellness – Fall 2019


Samantha Martin, CTRS
OUTCOMES
By the end of the class students will:
 Identify 3 physical, 3 mental, and 3 social benefits of laughter
 Identify 4 strategies to increase laughter in their life and recognize
daily laughter opportunities
 Demonstrate understanding of how to develop a sense of humor
by naming 5 tips
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?!
Find a partner and tell them two things that you think are funny.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS!
BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER
Laughter is good for your health!
 Laughter relaxes your whole body
 Laughter boosts your immune system
 Laughter triggers the release of endorphins
 Laughter protects the heart
 Laughter burns calories
 Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load
 Laughter may help you live longer
PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS
 Boosts immunity
 Lowers stress hormones
 Decreases pain
 Relaxes muscles
 Prevents heart disease
What kind of underwear do
clouds wear?
MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS
 Adds joy and zest to life
 Eases anxiety and tension
 Relieves stress
 Improves mood
 Strengthens resilience
Why did the
scarecrow win an
award???
SOCIAL BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER

 Strengthens relationships
 Attracts others to us
 Enhances teamwork
 Helps defuse conflict
 Promotes group bonding
BRINGING MORE LAUGHTER INTO YOUR LIFE

 Smile!
 Count your blessings.
 When you hear laughter, move toward it.
 Spend time with fun, playful people.
 Bring humor into conversations.
IS IT THE SAME??

 Simulate (fake) laughter is just as beneficial as real laughter


 Improved mental health
 Laughter as a trigger for others
OPPORTUNITIES FOR LAUGHTER

 Watch a funny movie, TV show, or YouTube Video


 Invite friends or co-workers out to a comedy club
 Read the funny pages
 Seek out funny people
 Check out the humor section of the library
Opportunities for Laughter Continued
 Host a game night with friends
 Play with a pet
 Go to a “Laughter Yoga” class or join a “Laugh Therapy” group
 Goof around with children
 Do something silly
 Make time for fun activities (bowling, mini golf, karaoke, etc.)
DEVELOPING YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR
 Laugh at yourself
 Laugh rather than complain
 Reminders
 Funny memories
DEVELOPING CON’D
 Don’t dwell on the negative
 Find your inner child
 Deal with stress
 A laugh a day!
WHAT DO YOU CALL A
PIG THAT KNOWS
KARATE??
OUTCOMES REVISITED

 Identify 3 physical, 3 mental, and 3 social benefits of laughter


 Identify 4 strategies to increase laughter in their life and recognize
daily laughter opportunities
 Demonstrate understanding of how to develop a sense of humor
by naming 5 tips
RESOURCES
1. Robinson, L., Smith, M., and Segal, J. (June 2019). Laughter is the Best Medicine.
Retrieved from www.helpguide.org.
2. [spacelord72]. (2006, August 25). Laughing Baby [video file]. Retrieved from
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HttF5HVYtlQ