Okay dolls, we know you’ve heard this one before: “Laughter is the best medicine.” It turns out, this isn’t an old wives’ tale, it’s actually a scientific fact.
Laughter decreases stress hormones, and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. It also releases endorphins (aka your feel-good chemicals). Laughing even burns calories, which is something all goddesses can get behind.
Laughter also is said to help strengthen relationships, diffuse conflict, and promote group bonding, which is something the dolls can definitely confirm. When Caitlin and Danielle went to see NYC-based comedian Jared Freid at Zanies on April 26th, there was such a sense of community in the room. Strangers were laughing together, people were buying each other drinks, and friends were being made. Jared’s set truly brought everyone together.
Jared is an East Coast guy through and through. He jumped from Massachusetts, to Pennsylvania for college, before finally ending up in NYC. When he’s not reviewing the dolls’ favorite rom-coms on his Instagram, Jared hosts the popular podcast The JTrain Podcast and co-hosts the U Up? podcast created by Betches. Both are comedy based, and both will have you adding at least a few minutes to your life span (since another benefit of frequent laughter is a longer life span).
If you want to hear him live, and not just through your headphones, Jared has some upcoming shows at Stand Up NYC. C + D can attest that his hilarious facial expressions and demonstrations of how bad he looks when posing for pictures had everyone crying with laughter, and is definitely worth seeing if you can snag a ticket to his show.
When doing a mini Q&A with Jared, the dolls asked some of their most pressing questions. When asked what his spirit animal was, Jared’s answer was: “My spirit animal is drinking wine alone at dinner…oh, or a koala, because they sleep for 20 hours a day and like to just hang out.”
Comedy aside, one of his answers resonated with C + D. When they asked what era he would time travel back to, he said, “I think we’re living in the best era. There’s no time like the present.”
The Dolls feel a connection with Jared’s life path. He left a traditional job for something a bit less traditional: stand-up comedy. The same way C + D felt the pull to share their thoughts with the world, Jared felt the pull to share his humor. “The best I felt was making my friends laugh…so, I decided to do something that would make me feel that good on a daily basis,” Jared said when interviewed by The Interro Bang. Not only does Jared feel good when performing, he is actually improving the health of everyone who’s listening.
If you need to bring some extra laughter in your life, here are some suggestions:
- Spend time with fun people (like your best Doll) who always find a way to bring out your playful mood
- Bring humor into your daily convos, like asking people what the funniest part of their day was
- Organize a night out with your BFFs at a comedy club
- Go to a laughter yoga class (seriously, these exist!)
- Watch a funny TV show or listen to a comedy podcast (like The JTrain Podcast)
With all of the benefits of laughter, goddesses everywhere now have an excuse to not take life so seriously. This doesn’t just mean adding “LOL” to the end of every text. Focusing on the sunny side of things, and finding the humor in all situations, will only lead to a happier, healthier you.
This post was written and photographed by Lexi Wheeler, Dollhouse intern and student at Columbia College in Chicago.