Keeping My Head Whilst Mum's Losing Hers: #1 Taking Life Less Seriously

Leanne Davis | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leanne Davis

I am learning to get better at taking a breath and saying to myself, 'let go, hold life lightly and find the funny'. I realise in that moment I am OK. And when I am OK, I'm in a far stronger place to help others feel OK too.

The Science Of Laughter - And Why It Also Has A Dark Side

The Conversation UK | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

Laughter and the appreciation of humour are vital components of adaptive social, emotional and cognitive function. Surprisingly, they are not uniquely human. Primates and apes also enjoy a good chuckle.

It's National Humour Month - What Makes Laughter The Best Medicine?

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ewan Gillon

The saying goes that laughter is the best medicine and there's no denying the fact that our spirits lift when we smile or laugh. But why exactly is it so therapeutic and what can we do to make sure humour remains a constant component of our everyday lives?

How Laughter Can Heal Heartbreak

Adele McCormack | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Adele McCormack

In the midst of hurt and pain of heartbreak, the last thing that you can imagine yourself doing is laughing and yet the benefits of doing so can be extraordinary because laughter is a natural healer. It boosts the production of serotonin, a natural anti-depressant in the body whilst also reducing the levels of stress hormones cortisol, dopamine and epinephrine.

Humour Is Everywhere - If You Know Where To Look

Mike Beeson | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Comedy
Mike Beeson

How's your sense of humour? Try this for size... do you find The Trump funny or laughable? Amusing or risible? And are you puzzled sometimes when p...

Looking Up When Your Body Is Down

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Swatee Jasoria

Even when we do all the right things, like sleep eight hours a day, eat well and exercise regularly, sometimes we just get sick. We can't help it. When and how we get ill is not necessarily in our control, but how we deal with it is.

Brains Literally Think Nonsense, Let It Be Fun Nonsense

Andrew Bonsall | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Bonsall

Every time I go to therapy I fill out a questionnaire that asks 'in the last week have you thought about ending your life?' This question is a self-pe...

Ode To A Prawn

Ann French | Posted 24.09.2017 | UK Comedy
Ann French

Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting my Father will know he is a legend. Now I know most people say that about their Dad but mine is truely exce...

In Search Of The Classic British Sitcom And Why It's No Laughing Matter

Paul Marshall | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Not wanting a repeat (strange that, they normally love a repeat ) of Alex Mitchell, who in 1975 supposedly shuffled off to heaven while howling hysterically at the 'Kung Fu Kapers' episode of the Goodies, they (the BBC) therefore decided that for the sake of the nation's health, they'd make the current Sitcom Season as unfunny as possible.

The Beginners' Guide to Surviving Edinburgh Fringe

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Comedy
Maggy Whitehouse

When it's your first time at the Fringe you truly believe you'll be discovered. And maybe you will be. But even if you aren't, even if you end up exhausted, un-reviewed, soaked and sockless, performing at Edinburgh will probably be one of the landmark events of your life.

Laughter for Health and Happiness - The Holistic Power of Laughter Yoga

Jo Bluett | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Comedy
Jo Bluett

My laughter journey from ill-health and a life on benefits after losing my job to running my own laughter business, has now evolved to running "Laughter Cleanse" - first in the world to combine a juice cleanse and raw food detox retreat with the healing benefits of laughter - it just makes so much sense!

Eight Ways to Guarantee You'll Be Miserable

Frederika Roberts | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Frederika Roberts

Are you fed up with being surrounded by happy, smiley people? Do you want to bring more misery, stress, anxiety and depression into your life and the lives of your loved ones? Then here is your handy guide.

How Laughter and Science Help With Anxiety

Neil Hughes | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Comedy
Neil Hughes

I believe that opening up about our painful experiences can help everyone. It's helpful to us, because we get to share our troubles with others... The more of us there are that understand how anxiety feels, the better we can all handle it in ourselves and others.

Is Your Sex Too Serious?

Jayne Blackman | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Blackman

Things can especially go wrong in this way when we're trying to make love more consciously, because there is already an intention to reach some kind of sacred level with each other. Oh dear, this can be deadly serious. And, quite possibly, deadening for the relationship.

Comedy vs Funerals

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK Comedy
Maggy Whitehouse

When people ask me how I can dare do stand-up comedy - on the grounds that it must be terrifying to risk humiliation in front of a crowd of people - I always say that it's nothing, nothing, nothing like as frightening as leading a funeral.

Rockets and Humour: Three Amusing Anecdotes

Thomas Moorton | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Tech
Thomas Moorton

"A good rule for rocket experimenters to follow is this: always assume it will explode." - Letter to the Editors of Astronautics, 1937 I'm sure tha...

How to Stay Conscious for Long Enough to Raise Your Kids!

Katy Cox | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Cox

From the moment the baby was born, sleep went from being a luxurious necessity to becoming a figment of my imagination. It was something magical that once existed in my previous life that was now gone forever - just like Santa and the Tooth Fairy.

Be More Festive Than 'Stresstive' This Season: Five Tips to Laugh Your Way Through the Holidays

Mandy Riches | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Riches

This time of year can be brilliant fun, but occasionally can also be just a little bit stressful, what with buying gifts, cooking elaborate dinners or perhaps simply being thrown together with relatives you do not see very often for long periods of time.

Three Habits to Laugh Yourself Out of Depression

Thomas Flindt | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Flindt

Today, everything is different. I'm continuously telling good stories about my life. It's this positive storytelling of your own life that is a first step out of a depression. When I reflect on how I became free of my depression, I see that I accomplished it by practicing 3 life-changing habits deeply connected with our ability to laugh.

Have You Got Too Serious?

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

When I was younger, I was the life and soul of any party. I was the giggler. In fact once I started I usually couldn't stop and then of course, my giggling would be infectious. My friends would all be laughing until we were crying or struggling to breathe.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Urges Women ‘Not To Laugh In Public'. Here's What Happened Next

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK

The deputy prime minister of Turkey has urged the women of his country not to “laugh in public” and they have responded brilliantly – by literal...

22 Best Pranks You Can Play On Your Friends At Work

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Admit it. The last laugh you had a work wasn't an uplifting moment. Perhaps you shared a juicy piece of gossip that raised a group smirk. Or you sn...

Chaplin: One Hundred Years of Laughter

Greg Ash | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Greg Ash

Last month marked the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's first film. In tribute to the man George Bernard Shaw called "the only genius of motion pictures" I made a pilgrimage to the exact place where he signed his first film contract and his incredible cinematic journey began.

Is Laughter the Best Medicine? Hope, Laughter and Friendship - What You May Not Expect on a Cancer Ward

Charlotte Kitley | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Kitley

If you've never been on a chemo ward, you'd be forgiven for thinking it would be full of people hooked up to machines, looking thin, grey, exhausted. And to a degree, you'd be right. We are all hooked up to machines. However, what you perhaps don't expect is the inspiration, comradeship, hope and laughter that spills from the room.

A Prescription for Happiness

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

I hope that by seeking out small doses of happiness when I need them to help see me through a particularly challenging moment/day/week, I will remain strong enough and well prepared for a time when the sadness of losing Dunc begins to fade and happy moments will be purely happy once more.