Janice Tovey
2 min readNov 7, 2021
UpSplash Jamie Brown

Humor is much more powerful than most of us give credit. Yes, we all have experienced the positive effects of a good belly laugh. Stress levels go down, we feel calmer, and for a moment, we are able to take ourselves and life less seriously.

Are you aware that being funny is one of the best ways to ensure good health. If fact, it is one of the most positive things you can do for your body and mind. Humor has been described as an immune jolt for your brain.

At minimum, a good laugh exercises our diaphragm. This results in more oxygenated air and stimulates your lungs. This relieves physical tension in all of our muscles.

Humor has been shown to help prevent depression. Negative stimuli can cause people prone to depression to descend into depressive states. However, re-framing a negative situation into something funny acts as a type of emotional cleanse preventing further descent.

In addition to keeping our minds healthy and preventing depression, humor has been shown to increase a person’s overall quality of life. This equates to higher self esteem, greater self competency, less anxiety, more confidence in social situations and a more positive personality.

Humor also increases our bodies immune system in the areas of heart health, blood pressure, lower heart rate and muscular tension.

A good sense of humour can help you deal more successfully with stressful times.

Laughter is just good medicine. It boosts the immune system increasing our resistance to disease. Laughing increases cells that produce antibodies increasing the effectiveness of T cells. T cells combat illness by acting as a defense army.

Laughter reduces anxiety. When we are focused on something funny we can not at the same time be focused on something negative. This can give you a small break from worrying. This space that lets you breathe helps to reduce stress hormones, especially Cortisol. High levels of Cortisol damage your immune system.

Humor increases memory retention. When you pair humor with a fact, your chances of remembering the fact increase. Information has a far greater chance of being remembered and shared if the person listening was also laughing.

Laughter is a powerful tool! It is more than just something that momentarily feels good. Humor has documented benefits for you physical, mental, and social well-being.

Look for things that bring you joy and happiness. This can be TikTok, watching your favorite comedian or sitcom. Your body and mind will thank you.

Here is my joke for you:

I invented a new word!


Do you have a great joke. I would love to hear it.



Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.