|TheSkinny: Despite 2020’s “not recommended” one-star rating and overall lack of joy, it’s still OK to laugh, and we’d recommend it; in fact, based on recent studies laughter might be one of the best ways to reduce stress, increase productivity and help boost your immune system.
Heard of “laughter yoga?” Neither had we, but we’re ready to embrace a less serious session on the mat after learning that, over time, laughter can decrease the body’s production of cortisol—an overabundance of which can cause weight gain or memory loss. While decreasing cortisol, hearty laughter can also increase levels of endorphins, the body’s “natural painkillers,” according to the neuroscientist in the above CNN article.
But wait…there’s more. According to the Harvard Business Review, your body also releases dopamine, which is associated with “enhanced motivation and attention.” However, with social distancing and quarantine, some of us are laughing less than the average 18 times a day.
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