Emotional Benefits of Laughter

In the Joy Diet, Laughter is one of the ten daily steps. The whole chapter is a great read, but one of the points Beck makes about laughter is that the ability to laugh at oneself correlates to the ability to push through obstacles to reach goals. I myself find laughter a fantastic tool to deal with anxiety and perfectionism. For example, the other day, my darling 21 month old smeared mustard all over a brand-new white shirt I was wearing. I muttered “Dammit,” and my innocent baby wandered away, saying “mama dammit ooga booga.” Yes, I did, in fact, expose her to a swear word that she repeated. Husband and I exchanged a glance and then just laughed. What else was there to do? I’m not perfect, no matter how hard I try, and while there’s no use crying over spilled milk, there can be some relief in laughing over it!

The Joy Diet recommends 30 laughs per day. Track yourself today and see how many times you laugh. Partner with a friend and you’ll instantly get more laughs!