Believe it or not April 2013 is the 37th anniversary of National Humor Month. What the heck, why do we need National Humor Month? More and more research is being done on the health benefits of humor in one’s life. Author and humorist Larry Wilde, in 1976 wanted to spread the word about the therapeutic and restorative value of laughter in improving health and wellbeing. Through the years there are increasing numbers of therapy programs around humor and laughter.
Laughter is contagious. One person starts and it trickles down through the group. Some people never realize what they are laughing about. Some of the benefits of humor and laughing are:
- Relieves stress and burnout
- Promotes healing
- Lifts one’s mood
- Increase heart rate and blood flow
- Burns calories
- Stretches facial muscles