Throughout the year we have a range of performances from theatre to music, dance to spoken word, and more. But today we are putting a spotlight on our comedy because you can benefit from it more than you think.
The benefits of engaging with the arts can be seen in many studies, but laughter has been shown to also bring social, physical and psychological benefits to everyone. Here are some of the ways how:
Protecting Your Heart
It has been shown that laughter can improve the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect against heart attacks and cardiovascular problems.
Bringing People Together
We all can remember a time we laughed together with other people and it felt great! Laughing together makes people feel closer to one another as they share in something together.
Improves your Memory
Humour can be used to improve memory retention, when relevant humour is paired with a fact.
“In a study focused on humour’s relationship to politics and news, researchers found that the information had a higher chance of being both remembered and shared if the content made the participant laugh.” – Political Humour, Sharing, and Remembering: Insights from Neuroimaging
Stimulate Your Organs
Laughing can enhance your oxygen intake which increases the endorphins that are released by your brain, and stimulates your muscles and lungs. Sounds good for your body all around!