The Benefits of Humor

Humor is underestimated in its importance to well-being. When we laugh, our bodies release endorphins which are chemicals that promote feelings of delight and happiness. This helps reduce stress and boosts our immune system.

Z. Hereford


Humor encompasses any human communication that makes people laugh or be happy.

It is the ability or quality of people, objects, or situations to summon feelings of amusement in other people.

Who doesn't enjoy a great laugh whenever possible?

Laughter is a great healer and one of the most positive and rejuvenating human emotions.

It strengthens our immune system and releases beneficial hormones that refresh and revitalize us, calm our nerves, reduce tension, and stimulate creativity. Laughter also helps relieve pain.

Being able to find humor in difficult situations helps us stay positive and hopeful, even in the face of difficulties. It serves as a coping mechanism that allows us to see the lighter side of life and keep our perspective in check.

Many researchers, including Drs. Lee Berk and Stanley Tan, have studied the therapeutic benefits of laughter and humor.

They have published studies that show that laughing:
  • lowers blood pressure

  • reduces stress hormones, such as epinephrine and cortisol, which constrict blood vessels

  • improves cardiovascular health by increasing the body's ability to use oxygen

  • reduces anxiety, relaxes muscles

  • strengthens the immune system

  • improves sleep

  • releases endorphins, the body's natural painkillers

  • improves perspective and how we view the world

  • helps us connect with others

Apart from the significant medical benefits of laughter, we all enjoy having a good laugh and being around people who make us laugh. Doing so strengthens our social bonds and improves our relationships with others. Sharing jokes or funny stories with others creates moments of connection and camaraderie, which are essential for our overall well-being.

People who can laugh at themselves or their situation are usually more resilient when problems arise. Because they can see the lighter side of a difficulty, they can better put it in perspective.

Laughter can release negative tensions both physically and psychologically. It is a wonderful natural sedative.

Ways to Bring More Humor and Laughter in Your Life

Go to a comedy club or funny movies with friends

Enjoy the many old and new sitcoms available on television

Read the comics, a joke book, or comedic stories

Follow a favorite comic or comedian

Learn to laugh at yourself and find humor in ordinary situations

Seek out fun and funny people

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." e.e. cummings