“Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover.”
You maybe old enough to have been told if you keep watching TV you will get square eyes!
Despite that misconception watching dumb TV or comedies can have several benefits for your mental health. Firstly, it can help you to relax and de-stress, which can improve your overall mood and reduce feelings of anxiety or depression. Secondly, laughter has been shown to have physical and psychological benefits, including reducing stress hormones, increasing endorphins, and improving immune function.
Several studies have suggested that watching comedies can potentially speed up illness recovery. Here are some key findings:
- Immune system enhancement: Research has indicated that laughter stimulates the production of antibodies and activates immune cells, leading to a strengthened immune response.
- Stress reduction: Comedy induces laughter, which promotes the release of endorphins and reduces stress hormones like cortisol. Lower stress levels have been linked to improved immune function and a faster recovery from illness.
- Pain reduction: Laughter has been found to increase pain tolerance and release natural painkillers called endorphins. This can alleviate discomfort associated with certain illnesses and promote healing.
- Positive mindset and social support: Watching comedies can improve mood and create a positive mindset, which is crucial for coping with and recovering from illness. Laughing together with others also fosters social support, which has been associated with better health outcomes.
- Improved quality of life: Comedy provides distraction and enjoyment during the recovery process, enhancing overall well-being and reducing feelings of boredom or isolation.
Take a break from news coverage and social media.
Plan watching comedies or shows that give you a feel good feeling.
Plan your viewing, time of day alongside programme type.
Set up your environment to maximise your viewing pleasure.
Listen to podcasts to draft a list of programmes you may want to watch: –
- “How Did This Get Made?” – Comedians Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas review and discuss hilariously bad movies.
- “The Rewatchables” – A podcast from The Ringer where hosts and guests rewatch and analyze beloved movies, including many comedies.
- “Unspooled” – Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson take a deep dive into the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Movies list, including comedy classics.
- “Comedy Film Nerds” – Comedians Chris Mancini and Graham Elwood offer reviews, discussions, and interviews related to comedy films.
- “The Flop House” – Hosted by three friends who watch and discuss bad movies, including comedic flops.
- “We Hate Movies” – A comedy podcast where hosts mercilessly dissect and mock various movies, including comedies.
- “The Bechdel Cast” – Comedians Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante analyze movies from a feminist perspective, including comedies.
- “The Adam Carolla Show” – A podcast featuring comedian Adam Carolla, who often reviews and shares his thoughts on movies, including comedies.
- “The Film Reroll” – Comedians and improvisers play through movies as role-playing games, including comedic films.
- “The Canon” – Hosts Devin Faraci and Amy Nicholson debate and decid
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