Humor and Mental Health

Peter Getoff, MA, LCSW

I did a little research. It was fun and fascinating to educate, re-educate myself about where humor comes from, how it makes us feel, the positive effects.
Laughter lowers blood pressure
It increases the level of oxygen in the blood
Some research indicates laughter strengthens our immune system
Research also indicates laughter can enhance brain function
Humor and laughter reduce stress, anxiety, fear, and depression
They act as a social lubricant and assist in engaging with other human beings
Marriages and many types of relationships can benefit from humor and laugher
The ability to laugh at oneself is correlated with self-acceptance and self-love
Humor can help us broaden our perspective and enhance our ability for empathy
When we experience humor we talk more and increase our frequency of eye contact.

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