Have a laugh on April Fool’s Day. It’s good for you

How often do you throw your head back and laugh? (pic: istockphoto.com/sunstock)

How often do you throw your head back and laugh? (pic: istockphoto.com/sunstock)

If you’ve been on the lookout for April Fool’s Day pranks, then some of the jokes may have given you a good laugh (or you may have found them foolish and ignored them). But how many times do you really let yourself go and have a good laugh?

Admittedly you may not have much to laugh about, but there’s a movement called Laughter Yoga that aims to get you laughing hysterically and feel better in the process. The Laughter Club in Devon says that laughing is good for “improving mood, reducing pain, increasing oxygen levels, reducing blood pressure, improving self-esteem, and releasing endorphins”.

It’s sad when you think that children laugh hundreds of times a day, and yet adults could probably count on two hands the number of times they laugh. Something to ponder on a day that’s meant to be funny.

Here are a couple of my favourite quotes about laughing:

  • Victor Hugo: “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”
  • Michael Pritchard: “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.”

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