Community Psychiatry’s Leela Magavi, M.D. was featured in an article from discussing the benefits of laughter.
How to Find Joy in Your Everyday Life (Even When Life Feels Awful)
There’s still hope, and these simple tactics will help you find it again.
By: Nicol Natale | July 7, 2020
Close your eyes and picture it for a moment: pure joy. It could be sitting in the sun on a warm day, basking in the knowledge that your grown kids are on their way to visit. Or, it could be just the opposite: Finally, a moment of peace and quiet in the house after a chaotic week. Joy can seem fleeting—rare, even—but there are ways to get closer to joy on a daily basis.
Lots of people confuse joy with happiness, and although they are closely related and often occur simultaneously, these feel-good emotions aren’t synonymous. Happiness is an emotion that brings bursts of intense pleasure, excitement, and satisfaction, while joyfulness is a stronger, longer-term state that results in feelings of inner peace and contentment.
Make opportunities for laughter.
When someone around you is belly laughing, there’s a 90% chance it’ll bring a smile to your face as well. “Laughter is contagious, and so is joy,” says Leela R. Magavi, M.D., regional medical director of Community Psychiatry. Aside from being an obvious form of fun, there are so many health benefits to a good LOL. “When we laugh, we release endorphins into our body that can offer natural pain relief.”
Click here to read the entire article on Prevention.