Laughter is an important part of our lives. It really is the best medicine, boosting the immune system, burning calories, and improving the function of blood vessels.
Unfortunately, laughter can be hard to come by in our hectic, serious adult lives. Sitting in front of the TV and watching a funny show or movie can be one easy way to add a little laughter to your life, but it won’t last. As soon as the show is over, the boost you experienced will disappear.
There are better ways to add a little laughter to your life that will last! Here are five ideas you can try.
Catch a Live Comedy Act
Watching TV or going to the theater to see a funny movie can help you laugh, but there’s just something about seeing a live show. The air feels electric, laughs are more enthusiastic, and you’ll return home feeling a high that will linger for hours.
There are many comedy acts to choose from. You can catch a local comedian at a bar or a club. You can also check out a live dinner show. For example, The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge features live comedy acts like dancing, animal tricks, physical comedy, and more.
Comedy shows often visit cities and towns across the country too. You could see a funny magic act, a ventriloquist, and more that make you feel good during and after the show.
Hang out with a Child
As a parent, it is important to spend quality time with your child. It’s important to their mental health and development, but it’s important for you too. It ensures you build a strong relationship with your child that continues into adulthood, and it means having a laugh!
Kids aren’t as serious as adults. Just watching a child play alone at the park instead of spending your time on your cell phone can be enough to give you a few giggles. Play games with your children, draw pictures, and run outside, and you’re sure to fill your life with laughter.
Don’t have kids? Any kid will do! Spend time with a niece, play with the neighbor’s kids, or volunteer at a school to get your fix of chuckles.
Call a Funny Friend
Laughter is the best medicine, but friends are important to our health too. Friendships can lower our stress, make us feel like we belong, and they can even lengthen our lives. When you put friendships and laughter together, you can really give yourself a health boost!
Of course, if you have the time, getting together with your friend in-person is always the best option, but if you can’t, a phone call will do. Call the funniest friend you know and tell them you need a good laugh. Chances are, they’d be happy to help!
Do Something You Haven’t Done Since You Were a Child
Spending time with people, both young and old, can add more laughter to your life, but what are you to do if you can’t find someone to give you the giggles? Whether you’re with others or alone, acting more like a child can really do the trick.
Acting like a kid has the potential to change your life in quite a few ways, but the best way is that is simply makes life more fun! You’ll find yourself laughing if you do things you haven’t done since you were a kid like:
- Doing cartwheels
- Skipping on the sidewalk
- Rolling down a hill
- Making a snow angel
- Singing really loudly in the bathroom
Head Outdoors with a Dog
It’s true that many different animals can make us laugh, but if you really want to have a good time, no companion is better than a dog. Dogs make us laugh more than other animals, like cats.
However, hanging out at home might not do the trick. If you want to increase the chances of having a good laugh, take your dog outside.
Let him run around, chase squirrels, and play with other dogs at the dog park. Take him on the trail and watch him splash in the creek or roll in the weeds.
If you don’t have a dog, volunteer at the animal shelter or offer to walk a friend’s dog.
The next time you want a good laugh, skip the TV and try one of the ideas on this list. Not only will you laugh, these activities will leave you with a lingering feel-good attitude.