Discover the Healing Power of Laughter, and 5 Ways to Bring Joy to Seniors Each Day

Discover the Healing Power of Laughter, and 5 Ways to Bring Joy to Seniors Each Day

Have you ever felt yourself bubbling over with unrestrained laughter at the most ill-timed moment – in a packed elevator, a hushed waiting room, or a religious service? Although there are, obviously, occasions when we must stamp down the silliness, writer Jane Heller says that, “Humor can keep us balanced, even in the grimmest of times. It reminds us that despite illness and disability, there are moments of real joy in life and we need to embrace them.”

The advantages of laughing are phenomenal, including:

  • Releasing endorphins that minimize stress
  • Strengthening brain connectivity
  • Supplying a social boost
  • Reducing pain
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Improving mood
  • Defending the heart from cardiovascular disease
  • Revitalizing blood circulation and muscle relaxation, both of which relieve stress
  • And many more

Despite the fact that there’s nothing funny about being given a difficult diagnosis for a family member, there are ways to keep an inherent sense of positivity that might lead to more opportunities for laughter:

  • Be intentional about placing bits of humor throughout your home/office; for example, a favorite comic strip, meme, funny photographs, etc. 
  • Look into a laughter yoga class – yes, there really is such a thing! 
  • Choose reading material and television shows that incorporate comedic lightheartedness. Browse the internet for funny cat videos, or new jokes to add to your repertoire. 
  • Spend time with friends and family who raise your spirits. Remember past memories together that make you laugh, and create new ones!
  • Discover how to laugh at yourself, shifting your internal dialogue from reprimands for blunders to the relief in recognizing we are all human.

Surprisingly, even if you don’t genuinely feel like laughing, positive aspects can still be achieved through faking or forcing laughter, according to certified health coach Nancy Kalish.

Amy’s Helping Hands’ caregivers help bring delight and laughter to seniors and respite for their families on a daily basis. Our friendly senior companions spend quality time with older adults, engaging in conversations, games, puzzles, exercise, fun outings, and naturally, a lot of laughter. And with our full range of in-home care services, such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, and tending to personal care needs, family caregivers as well as the senior citizens they love are able to spend more quality time together, enabling family members to simply enjoy each other’s company. Allow us to help brighten your world! Contact us online or call us at 519.915.4370 any time to find out more about senior care in Windsor-Essex and to schedule an in-home consultation.