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In trying times, laughter can literally be the best medicine, so we have compiled the best laughs out there. Why? A 2016 study showed laughter can decrease stress hormones in the body, decreasing depression. Laughter decreases serum levels of cortisol, and increases levels of dopamine and serotonin (Yim, 2016). Another study found an increase of Natural killer cells – which is an indicator of a high functioning immune system. The more active they are, the better your immune system (Wooten 1996):

So to help, here are some clips I found bloody funny, but try to watch them with someone else, as you’re 30 times more likely to laugh than if you’re alone (Scott, 2015):

Humour (kid friendly):

The hilarious Lee Mack – best bits from “Would I lie to you?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4_YyaPt0-I&t=2655s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wQPyBgXmWk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOBowbBVlaY

Best bits of Would I Lie To You:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As2-JwaH3BE

Jimmy Carr on Would I Lie To You (kid friendly):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VZOszdySFU

Going stir crazy with the kids in the house? Michael McIntyre

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX61JSXLl_Q

Graeme Norton: Best of comedians:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEJcj-RMp3k

Humour (not-kid friendly):
Jimmy Car has been putting all his stuff on YouTube lately:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cN_ZghfcxE

Brilliant British Comedian Sarah Millican:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th_nxlbXtTk

Great British humour: Big Fat Quiz of Everything:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUuMcd6OAioA_6t2OPttHCw

Lee Mack:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N55Cbb3fmlc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trupMnzXtQQ

 

References:

Wooten P. (1996) Humor: an antidote for stress. Pub Med; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8550690

Yim J (2016) Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter in Mental Health: A Theoretical Review. Pub Med: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27439375

Bennett, M.P, Lengacher, C (2007) Humor and Laughter May Influence Health IV. Humor and Immune Function. Pub Med. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2686627/

Scott, S Why we laugh (Apr 30, 2015) TED. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxLRv0FEndM