2. Laugh every day
“Humor adds perspective and reduces emotional distress,” says Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Irvine, CA. Watching funny videos helps improve levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and even improves short-term memory, according to a study out of Loma Linda University. Listen to a comedy podcast on your morning commute or rope in your best bro to exchange funny memes every morning. “Recalling a humorous life moment is emotionally uplifting, and sharing that with another person is bonding, which can be healing,” he adds. You can even ask Amazon Echo for a joke now, he adds.
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