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Laughter is the Best Medicine

05/08/2020 | Health & Wellness

As we all continue to try to navigate through social distancing and the stay-at-home order it is important to try to find ways to deal with stress and anxiety. According to the Mayo Clinic laughter is a good stress reliever.

According to a post on there are both short and long term benefits to a good laugh.

Short term:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long term:

  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

While laughter is not going to solve what we are all dealing with it can be that bright spot in a dark day. Check out these lists of Library e-resources to find something to listen or read that might make you laugh!


We All Need to Laugh

Sometimes escaping into a good and funny eBook or downloadable audiobook is just what a person needs. I have listened to many of the titles on this list as well as lots of other nonfiction titles so check out my other lists for more recommendations! IndyPL_ElizabethS #indypladults

Also try these staff lists:

Funny Ladies Female comedians who have written their own book and speak it in the form of an audiobook. IndyPL_ElizabethS

Funny Movies A SMALL selection of funny movies and TV series available through the three Library e-Resources; Hoopla, Kanopy and Acorn TV.

If You Can Laugh at Yourself... then laugh at these authors. They've got plenty of hilarious autobiographical tales. Go ahead and laugh out loud! IndyPL_HeidiH

Comicalness A list featuring IndyPL's Downloadable Audiobook collection of humorous nonfiction. IndyPL_MontoyaB

Funny Picture Books This is a list of books sure to make your kids (and you) laugh out loud! They are perfect for family reading time. IndyPL_EmilieL

Belly Laughs Share some laughs with your kids! Silliness takes center stage in these stories that make food the star of the show! IndyPL_CarrieW

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies

And Other Rituals to Fix your Life, From Someone Who's Been There

Schuster, Tara

Also available as an eBook.

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come

One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes

Pan, Jessica

Also available as an eBook.