1. It can improve neural activity
Studies have shown that the laughter, whether from a social situation, a moment of personal embarrassment or watching a comedy show, can improve your brain activity. Dr. Lee found that “laughter seems to induce “gamma” frequencies—the type of brain waves observed among experienced meditators. These gamma waves improve the “synchronization” of your neuronal activity, which bolsters recall and memory.” We’re officially in favor of any activity that is fun and can help improve our brain capacity.

2. It can help relieve tension
Life can be chaotic, and like it or not, many of the experiences you encounter throughout your day can add stress, rather than adding joy. In the midst of all those stressful situations, it’s crucial that you find ways to relax and unwind if you want to feel your best. There are tons of ways to let loose, but laughter is definitely one of the most fun. Laughing helps to relieve tension in your face and your body, and it can also help stimulate circulation, which aids in muscle relaxation.

3. It can help release endorphins
Similar to the way that exercise can affect your state of being in a positive way, laughter also causes your body to release endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that lead to feelings of joy and euphoria. “Endorphins reduce the sensation of pain and stimulate positive emotion. Their release is critical for stress relief, and therefore for our mental health.”