Life can be serious – but try to lighten up!
Think of it as a circus: you want to taste the candyfloss, smell the sawdust, hold your breath as the silver-clad aerialist soars high above on strands of silk. Yes: going to the Portaloo can be an ordeal; sometimes you’re stuck sitting behind a two-metre-tall Victor Matfield; it’s not unheard of for the safety net to fail. But if there’s one pinky promise you can count on, it’s that there will be loads and loads of clowns. Start watching out for them!
AND IF YOU NEED CONVINCING TO LAUGH MORE…
1) Laughing creates an instant bond between people. Countless studies have shown we automatically like people who make us laugh; we also immediately warm to those who laugh at our jokes. A sense of humour is so powerful, it even messes with our perception of what’s attractive: an average-looking guy who cracks us up becomes hot; an Ian Somerhalder unmoved by pugs in fancy dress quickly becomes ho-hum.
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2) Few things boost your confidence as much as making others laugh does. A robust sense of humour is linked to greater social skills and more successful networking.
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3) Laughing makes our facial muscles stretch and our blood pressure go up, helping our immune system, increasing blood flow and even improving blood-sugar levels. It makes us look better as much as it makes us feel better.
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4) When we smile or laugh, our brain releases dopamine, which increases our productivity and engagement.
Go on then. Have a laugh!