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:

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Working from home leads to stress, sleeping problems- study

Working from home leads to stress, sleeping problems- study

A new United Nations study in 15 countries has revealed that working from home may have a negative impact on your health.

8 signs you should see a therapist (and there's nothing wrong with that)

8 signs you should see a therapist (and there's nothing wrong with that)

How do you know if you need therapy? Behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer shares his expert advice.

8 ways book lovers decided on their next read

8 ways book lovers decided on their next read

After you've finished reading the last page, how to settle the anxiety about which book to read next.

7 ways to keep the love strong (and your relationship happy)

7 ways to keep the love strong (and your relationship happy)

Romantic relationships require maintenance, advises behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer. Here are some invaluable tips.

Study sheds light on how to look younger for longer

Study sheds light on how to look younger for longer

Why do some people age better? If you're stressing yourself out, you could be aging yourself quicker.

How the practice of mindfulness helps reduce depression and anxiety

How the practice of mindfulness helps reduce depression and anxiety

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an adaptation of the Buddhist practice of mindful meditation for modern-day health care.

Depressed, anxious, lonely? How a counselor can help you

Depressed, anxious, lonely? How a counselor can help you

Sadag counselors are on hand to help with the complexities associated with this time of year.

Cape foodie joint making healthy food sexy

Cape foodie joint making healthy food sexy

A local restaurant in Bree Street is turning heads with their alluring menu. Here's why Sexy Food's cuisine is so attractive.

What the quack? Adorable baby goat with anxiety only unwinds wearing duck outfit

What the quack? Adorable baby goat with anxiety only unwinds wearing duck outfit

A blind baby goat that suffers from anxiety is stealing the internet with her duck costume, which has become her security blanket.

Easy ways to start chilling out

Easy ways to start chilling out

Stress and tension affects everyone. Although we can't wish it away, we can learn how to tackle it, says psychologist Dr. Schomer.

Popular articles
'Land restitution failed because Government is the biggest owner of land'

'Land restitution failed because Government is the biggest owner of land'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's advisor Chris Malikane and Business Leadership SA's Bonang Mohale.

Winter blues got you down? What you must know about Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter blues got you down? What you must know about Seasonal Affective Disorder

Don't brush off that yearly feeling or a seasonal funk. Here's how to help keep your mood and motivation up throughout the year.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

ANC MP Makhosi Khoza writes about "leadership injudiciousness" in the party

ANC MP Makhosi Khoza writes about "leadership injudiciousness" in the party

Concerned ANC MP Dr Makhosi Khoza writes a heart felt Facebook post detailing immoral leadership and personal challenges.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

NSFAS to reopen 2017 applications

NSFAS to reopen 2017 applications

National Student Financial Aid Scheme says it will reopen 2017 loan applications after receiving requests for deadline extension.

'Collect experiences, NOT possessions!' - Paul Theron (Vestact MD)

'Collect experiences, NOT possessions!' - Paul Theron (Vestact MD)

Bruce Whitfield interviews the razor-sharp tongued Vestact MD Paul Theron about his money hopes, fears, successes, failures, etc.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?

5 reasons why the tourism industry is sceptical about the latest numbers

5 reasons why the tourism industry is sceptical about the latest numbers

The tourism industry is questioning the veracity of the surprisingly upbeat tourism figures and the timing of their release.