Why You Should April Fool-around

A practical prank just might be what the doctor ordered.

Laughter is the best medicine and April Fool’s day is a great excuse to pull a good joke on some friends. Fooling around has its benefits when it’s in good fun. Our doctors have confirmed that there are health benefits of an offline-L.O.L. :)

“Laughter can actually reduce the amount of stress hormones. In fact, research shows that good humor & laughter may: induce relaxation, boost the immune system, cheer up a blue mood, decrease fear & anxiety, help people cope with cancer & other life-threatening illnesses, reduce your risk of heart disease & heart attack. Embrace the funnier side of life, despite stress.” — Dr. Charles Cattano

Between work pressure, family drama, and world events, it’s easy to feel stressed. Use April 1st as an excuse to lighten the mood and share a good laugh with your loved ones. According to Dr. Lavi, the power of laughter is so strong, it can help some cope with illnesses.

“A daily dose of laughter can lengthen our lives. It can also improve the prognosis for people struggling with serious illnesses.” — Dr. Barbara Lavi

So it’s time to start planning how you’ll make your favorite people laugh today and everyday. Yes, tell your friends and family to beware! Today is just the beginning.

Author: Maya Gilliss-Chapman