Surprise! The April Fool Comes Out On Top

IN THIS HUMOUR SPECIAL, WE LOOK AT HOW WE CAN INJECT A LITTLE OF THAT “LOL” SPIRIT INTO SINGAPORE. WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING AT TRYING TO APPEAR MORE CONFIDENT AND ATTRACTIVE, OR TRYING TO REDUCE STRESS, THERE’S A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE TO LAUGH ABOUT.

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IN THIS HUMOUR SPECIAL, WE LOOK AT HOW WE CAN INJECT A LITTLE OF THAT “LOL” SPIRIT INTO SINGAPORE.

WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING AT TRYING TO APPEAR MORE CONFIDENT AND ATTRACTIVE, OR TRYING TO REDUCE STRESS, THERE’S A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE TO LAUGH ABOUT.

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We cover serious stuff all the time; from cancer and infertility, to salary issues and fitness injuries, and we know it can be a little heavy.

And April is where the initial stress pops up after the holidays and parties. Now, the full weight of the year is starting to sink in. Maybe that’s why the calendar gods planned the funniest month of the year to be April. To kick-start it with a day of pranks.

In fact, recent studies show that indulging your sense of humour can help you live a longer, healthier life. Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood pressure, but it may also boost your immune system. Plus, humour becomes more important for people as they age, and it’s associated with a more satisfying life, according to a new Swiss study. There’s a whole range of different benefits that humour can bring, so read on to learn more about how you can  look forward to the funnier side of life.

YOU’LL BEAT STRESS 

Singapore’s pace of life may be quite stressful for some, and this has resulted in humour and fun making the list of top 10 personal values for the first time, according to the 2018 National Values Assessment survey. This is hardly surprising, says Ms Sharul Channa, a stand-up comedian of more than eight years. 

“As our society grows, we have more expectations of ourselves and of the system. The cost of living is going up, and I think our society is realising that it is important to laugh and let off some steam,” she said. 

Just the anticipation of laughing decreases the stress hormones dopac, cortisol, and epinephrine by 38, 39, and 70 percent, respectively, according to researchers at Loma Linda University in California. And when researchers at the University of Maryland showed short movie clips to study participants, those who watched funny films experienced a 22 percent increase in blood flow to their hearts. 

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YOU’LL STAY HEALTHIER 

Not only does a chuckle release tension, it also keeps you healthy. People who laugh 10 to 25 times daily face fewer diseases than those who laugh outside that range, according to a 2009 study in the International Journal of Medical Sciences. 

YOU’LL DO BETTER WORK 

Maybe it’s a dreaded TPS report like in Office Space. Or perhaps your co-workers remind you of the Dunder Mifflin employees on The Office. Whatever the scenario, according to a Men’s Health survey of nearly 600 men, 73 percent said that having a sense of humour made them better at their jobs.

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