National Tell a Joke Day

National Tell a Joke Day - Janet Omstead

National Tell a Joke Day

By Published On: August 16th, 2021

Happy National Tell a Joke Day!

What’s the best thing about Switzerland? I don’t know, but the flag is a big plus!

And, have you heard this joke?  

What’s Forrest Gump’s password? One forest one. 😄

I have a hard time remembering jokes; my Dad did too. He’d always start a great joke and have my Mom say the punch-line because she could always recall it!  

Laughing has tremendous health benefits, including relaxing your muscles, boosting your happiness, and preventing heart disease. It’s also, apparently, good for your memory!

Should you need a good joke or two today, here’s a link to 101 short jokes anyone can remember.

There are other short-term and long-term benefits to laughter on your health. According to The Mayo Clinic’s article, “Stress Relief From Laughter,” a good guffaw:

  • reduces stress and depression
  • improves your circulation
  • boosts your immune system
  • connects you with other people (which we can all use these days!)

In my book, “The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health,” I also discuss the practice of something called Laughing Yoga, a method designed to do all of the above. 

Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of the Laughing Yoga movement, learned that the body couldn’t differentiate between real and fake laughter – you get the same physiological and biological benefits from fake giggles as you do from real ones.

So, in honour of National Tell a Joke Day, take a moment to laugh out loud either by yourself or with the ones you love!

It’s good for your health.

Play on!

Coach Jan

P.S. Struggling to turn things around and start a new health and fitness program? It can be challenging to know what to do next. And staying motivated is hard – especially if you try to do it all on your own. That’s where I come in. My goal is to help you get in the best shape of your life and stay that way. Book a complimentary discovery call with me today.

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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