CogniFit's Science blog: Laughter Is An Excellent Memory Exercise

Laughter Is An Excellent Memory Exercise

As the saying goes, “laughter is the best medicine.” It relieves stress, provides a boost of energy and simply makes life worthwhile. But it goes the extra mile when it comes to the brain and the positive affects within.

While emotional responses are limited to specific areas of the brain, laughter involves multiple regions which is precisely why laughter is the most prominent memory exercise of all.

Believe it or not, there is much more to come from a joke or two than a chuckle. Listening to jokes and punch lines has been found to activate areas of the brain that are crucial to learning and creativity. One psychologist says “laughter…seems to help people think more broadly and associate more freely.”

People often say you are who you surround yourself with. This is why successful people like to hang out with other successful people knowing bright ideas and potential sells can occur at this time. The same goes with laughter as you are bound to laugh more if you surround yourself with it. So how can you bring more laughter in your life to practice as a memory exercise?

First and foremost, you have got to learn to laugh at yourself. There is no sense in stressing over the little things in life knowing there is only a short period of time we have on Earth. Rather than shying up, share your embarrassing moments. And believe it or not, the best way to take yourself less seriously is to talk about when you were too serious.

If you hear others laughing, try to mosey your way on over to it. People enjoy sharing their joy and happiness with others because it gives them a reason an opportunity to laugh again. As you hear a group of people laughing, meander over and ask them what’s so funny.

As mentioned, who you surround yourself with is typically who you will become. For this reason, spend time with fun, energetic and happy people. Those who enjoy life and would rather tell a joke than talk about serious items are key to staying upbeat. Someone’s playful side will be contagious and have you laughing in no time.

The next memory exercise is to surround yourself with reminders to lighten up. If you find yourself getting stressed often at work, keep a funny toy on your desk. In your office put a funny poster or movie character that brings a happy thought to mind. And have fun with the picture frames you opt to put pictures of family and friends in.

Our mind and memory is greatly impacted by how serious, or lack of, that we take ourselves. If you maintain a light-spirited, easy-going attitude that is full of laughter, your memory will be enriched.