Why laughter is good for mental health

A good sense of humour is important for your psyche.

You need to laugh... and the best part is when we laugh at ourselves.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist

Behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer explains that laughter is therapeutic because it gives pleasure and provides an acceptable way of enjoying something that is forbidden.

Humour is also used as means to communicate ideas that would otherwise be distressing to an individual, he advises.

Belly laughter has an amazing stimulatory effect on the endorphins... If I laugh well and deep, I boost my bodies capacity to keep me healthy.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist

He advises that humour can have a positive influence on anxiety, stress and depression.

Callers also phoned in to share their favourite jokes.

Take a listen to Dr Schomer talk about the liberating effect of laughter:

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