Reviewed by Whitney White, MS CMHC, NCC., LPC
Being "blue" is characterized by feelings of sadness and possibly makes you lose interest in activities you had enjoyed before. Depression is generally known to have negative effects on your feelings, thoughts, and actions. Some common symptoms may indicate how depression makes you feel down and interferes with your relationships and other day-to-day engagements. These may include depressed mood, sleeping problems, loss of energy, changes in appetite, feeling guilty or worthless, difficulty concentrating, and even thoughts of death or suicide.
Despite the fact that depression can be overwhelming and debilitating, there are many treatment options at your disposal. Some of these treatment options are self-care strategies while others can be administered by your doctor or therapist.
In addition, one of the natural ways to deal with depression is laughter. Even though depression is far away from laughing matter and a serious mental health condition that can become severe if not resolved, laughter can be lifesaving. Technically, listening to jokes can be a very potent medicine to make you feel better again.
Jokes are meant to help you cope with depression and make you smile. When you laugh, it stimulates emotional and healthy changes in your body by presenting it with some exceptional benefits that help surmount your problems, strengthen your relationships, and supporting your general well-being. One of the impressive things about jokes is that they are free, fun, and can easily accessible.
What are the Examples of Jokes?
Jokes can make you laugh so well that it will result in strengthening your relationships, improving your emotional and physical health, and finding happiness (these may increase the numbers of your years). Some examples of jokes:
- Q: "Why was the little strawberry crying?" A: "His mom was in a jam."
- Q: "What do you call a guy with a rubber toe?" A: "Roberto"
- Q: "Why was the poor guy selling yeast?" A: "To raise some dough."
- Q: "Why do crabs never give to charity?" A: "They're shellfish."
- Q: "What do you do with a sick boat?" A: "Take it to the doc."
- Q: "What do you call a dinosaur with one eye?" A: "Do-you-think-he-saur-us"
- Q: "Why was the pediatrician always losing his temper?" A: Because he had little patients."
- Q: "Why do birds fly south for the winter?" A: "It's too far to walk."
- Q: "What do you call a fake noodle?" A: "An impasta."
- Q: "Why did the apricot ask a prune to dinner?" A: "Because he couldn't find a date."
- Q: "What do you call a goat that's lazy?" A: "Billy Idle"
- Q: "Why do math teachers make good dancers?" A: "Because they have an algorithm."
- Q: "What did the grape say when the elephant stepped on it?" A: "Nothing, it just let out a little wine."
- Q: "What did the big bucket say to the smaller one?" A: “Lookin’ a little pail there."
- Q: Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards? A: He was just going through a stage.
- Q: What do you call a pony with a cough? A: A little hoarse.
What's the Link between Laughter and Mental Health?
There's a great connection between laughter and mental health. From studies, it's shown that one of the ways to relieve distressing emotions is to laugh heartily. Laughing makes you feel less angry, sad, and anxious.
Mental health challenges can be exhaustive, especially depression. In this situation, getting crack up can help you recharge and relax. Also, stress is seen as one of those things that can contribute to mental health issues. Laughing can help reduce it and increase your energy level.
Furthermore, laughter can also help you stay focused and offer you a great deal of accomplishment. Laughter can be a distraction that can turn your mind from intrusive thoughts and help prevent you from getting overwhelmed.
Laughter and mental health are certainly connected. Laughter can help grow an intimate relationship with other people around you and this has a great effect on your emotional and mental health.
How can you Incorporate Laughter into your Life?
You should see laughing as an important expression of cheerfulness which can help boost your mood when you're depressed. Laughter is always in you, even when you're sad; all you need to do is to look for ways to bring it out. The following are some of the ways you can bring more laughter into your daily life:
- Spend time with people that make you happy: It's very easy to find humor if people surrounding you are playful and love to have fun. Fun people find it easy to laugh— so, they can rub off on you. This can make you find humor in events each day.
- Smile: When you smile, you simply flex the muscles of both ends of your mouth. It can be accompanied by showing your teeth but without talking. You can smile voluntarily or involuntarily to express anxiety, happiness, amusement, or pleasure. Before you laugh, you smile. You can easily bring laughter into your life by practicing smiling. You can do this by smiling at people you that look at you in the street, coffee shop, coworkers (especially in the elevator), and so on. Smiling to others has positive effects on them and you.
- Join a small group that shares jokes: It's really when you are emotionally receptive to things happening around you or said around you. You can find a small group where there are people who are ready to share something funny— this makes you happy especially when you're the one sharing.
- Think more of what you have than what you don't have: Virtually, everyone has one thing or the other to be grateful for. Ruminate on the positive parts of your life and keep out negative thoughts from intruding into your mind. Negative thoughts inhibit laughter and humor. Always endeavor to find laughter and humor even if you're feeling down.
What are the Benefits of Depression Jokes?
It's important that you know your mental health status in order to seek the best form of treatment. You can visit your doctor to get diagnosed or click here for a depression test to clarify your uncertainties about your condition. Depression can really interfere with some vital aspects of your life. However, depression jokes can offer some benefits which can make your life better. The following are some of these benefits:
- It helps reduce stress hormones and boost the immune system: Jokes can result in honest laughter which may help reduce the level of your stress and enhance your immune system which helps to fight against the disease. You should know that there are other ailments that can lead to depression.
- It helps relieve anger and its heavy load: One of the common symptoms of depression is irritability. Being irritable can seriously affect your life, especially your relationships. Jokes can effectively diffuse your anger and relieve every load of conflict in your heart. Laughter helps you calm and make you put your challenges into perspective which assists to discard any form of resentment or bitterness.
- It helps stimulate the release of endorphins: An endorphin refers to any of a class of peptide hormones in the human brain acting as neurotransmitters. In other words, endorphins are natural chemicals in your body that make you feel good—jokes can enhance your mood. They help you live a healthy life and tentatively relieve your pain.
- It helps sustain your good feelings: Jokes do not only help boost your happiness, it also helps the good feelings stay even after you stop laughing. Jokes help you look at every challenging life event such as loss, disappointments, and difficult situations optimistically or positively.
- It helps relax your whole body: Laughter can effectively relieve physical stress and tension which can help relax or calm your muscles even for up to 45 minutes after you have stopped laughing.
- It helps you live longer: Research shows that laughter may guarantee you a long and healthy living.
- It helps strengthen relationships: A relationship is an essential aspect of living. Depression interferes with your relationships and makes you fall into isolation and loneliness. However, jokes can greatly be of help by strengthening your relationships, attracting others to you, and promoting your bonding with your loved ones. For instance, when you share laughter with people around you, it makes you look friendly, free, more relaxed and positive, and even happier— you should know that shared laughter keeps your relationships exciting and fresh.