Laughter and the link to fitness

Updated: Jul 5

Happy Friday!


A quick one today about laughter. I wrote a blog about this at the back end of last year and was reminded of it this week. We went to see Romesh Ranganathan this week for our anniversary - a long wait to see him due to Covid and show cancellations. I've not been to a comedy stand-up show in so so long and I was reminded of how much I've missed live comedy. For over 2 hours I didn't stop laughing and it felt really good!


We know that laughter is good for our well-being and our health. A smile or laugh triggers a chemical reaction in our brains, which releases small proteins called neuropeptides. These molecules maintain immune tolerance and may also help us fight potentially serious illnesses.


Life can be very hectic and life is very serious and hard for so many particularly right now - we need to make sure we include humour in our daily lives where we can. When we smile it instantly helps us feel more relaxed, at ease and happier. My children watch a You Tube programme sometimes called 'Try Not To Laugh'. I love listening to them literally trying not to laugh at video clips - it's impossible! The sound of my children laughing is my favourite sound in the world and it makes me laugh too.


Take a few minutes today and consider the things that make you laugh and smile and set yourself the challenge to find something that makes you laugh today - better still try to bring a laugh or smile to someone else too.


I love this quote - it is so true.


Have a great weekend all