Today is commonly known as April Fools’ Day in many countries – not dissimilar to the Día de los Santos Inocentes in December. If someone plays an April Fools’ joke on you today and it makes you laugh, thank them – they’ve done you a favour! That’s because laughter is scientifically proven to benefit mental health.

Laughing releases endorphins, the body’s “feel good” chemicals. Therefore, it provides short-term relief from tension and worry. Moreover, laughing reduces stress and strengthens social connections.

As a result, one of the many benefits of laughter and humour is the power to combat anxiety and depression, according to researchers.

No wonder we have the well-known expression “laughter is the best medicine.”

Here’s to more laughter!