Depression is no laughing matter. It is a very serious mental health diagnosis that can have huge consequences for a person if they don’t seek treatment.
Knowing how, when, and where to seek mental health treatment for depression can be life-saving.
While depression can be a tough mental health issue to take on, it’s important to understand that this struggle doesn’t make you any less of a human being. Mental illness does not take away from who you are. As shocking as this may seem, the best depression is the depression that you are able to recognize.
You’ve probably heard that “laughter is the best medicine”. While jokes and joking may not be real medicine to treat physical or mental health, jokes and laughter can be helpful for those that are struggling with illness regardless if it’s mental or physical.
You Are Not Alone
When you’re dealing with a mental health issue as serious as depression, it can be easy to feel as though you’re alone and without anyone else to turn to. Mental illness can feel isolating, but it’s critical for you to know that you are not on your own in the world.
Issues like anxiety and depression can be much easier with the proper treatment, tools, and external support…and the same principle applies to other mental health issues as well. No matter who you are or what mental illness you may be working to deal with, you can rise and overcome. It just so happens that humor and jokes to make you smile can provide significant boosts to your mental health.
Why Humor & Jokes Are So Important
When you laugh, your body releases endorphins that help to boost your mood. This also happens when you exercise. Think for a minute about what happens when you give a good hard laugh. The muscles in your abdomen are activated, thus mimicking exercise.
When the levels of endorphins drop in the brain people begin to experience signs of depression. So laughter is a natural remedy for boosting the endorphins and helping to improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression.
There have been studies conducted that have found that simple laughter is able to reduce the level of pain that patients are feeling, Since the pain can lead to depression, jokes can be a good way to help lower your chance of dealing with a struggle from depression that forms from other medical conditions.
Laughter is also a great distraction. When you watch a comedy on TV or a funny movie, it’s a great way to distract yourself from your own real life. This can be a great benefit for people that are struggling with depression. Enjoying the humor and taking time to laugh can help you boost your mood while forgetting about your struggles for a short time.
It’s easy to cross lines when telling jokes. There are some topics that aren’t funny to make jokes out of. Mental health is not a laughing matter and neither is mental illness. Making jokes about things like depression, suicide, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other disorders is not in good nature.
A Word Of Warning About Jokes
When people are suffering from these mental health disorders, making jokes about them can be damaging, even if this is not your intention. Make sure that if you are telling jokes, you keep that in mind. Jokes that consist of making fun of those with a mental illness are things to stray away from, however jokes unrelated to mental illness may be able to cheer up a friend. If you do happen to tell a joke that is hurtful or offensive, don’t be afraid to apologize.
There is never any shame in saying you’re sorry; as a matter of fact, apologizing when you hurt someone’s feelings can significantly benefit the other person’s emotional and mental health. The willingness to say sorry also positively reflects on your own character as an individual.
With that warning, here are some jokes to make you smile.
Corny Jokes To Make You Laugh
Okay, these jokes might be pretty corny, but sometimes those are the best ones to take your mind off your depression and make you laugh out loud. Don’t be afraid to have a good time with corny jokes from time to time.
Q – Why was the pediatrician always losing his temper?
A – Because he had little patients.
Q- Why was the little strawberry crying?
A – His mom was in a jam.
Q – What do you call a nosy pepper?
A – Jalapeño business
Q – What did the big bucket say to the smaller one?
A – Lookin’ a little pail there.
Q – What do you call a guy with a rubber toe?
A – Roberto
Q – What do you do with a sick boat?
A – Take it to the doc.
Q – What did the rubber band factory worker say when he was fired?
A – Oh, snap!
Q – What did the grape say when the elephant stepped on it?
A – Nothing, it just let out a little wine.
Q – Why was the poor guy selling yeast?
A – To raise some dough.
Q – Why do scuba divers fall backward when they go out of the boat?
A – Because if they fell forward they would fall into the boat.
Q – Why do cows have hooves instead of feet?
A – They lactose
Q – Why do birds fly south for the winter?
A – It’s too far to walk.
Q – Did you hear about the kidnapping at school?
A – It’s OK, he woke up.
Q – What cheese can never be yours?
A – Nacho cheese
Q – What’s the advantage of living in Switzerland?
A – Well, the flag is a big plus.
Q – Why do crabs never give to charity?
A – They’re shellfish.
Q – How much does a pirate pay for corn?
A – A buccaneer
Q – How did Darth Vader know what Luke got him for Christmas?
A – He could feel his presents.
Q – What’s brown and sticky?
A – A stick.
Q – What did the pirate say on his 80th birthday?
A – Aye Matey!
Q – Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?
A – Only if you aim it well enough.
Q – If you’re American when you go in the bathroom and American when you come out, what are you when you’re in the bathroom?
A – European
Q – What do you call a can opener that doesn’t work?
A – A can’t opener.
I sold my vacuum. All it was doing was collecting dust.
Two windmills are standing in a wind farm.
One asks the other, “What kind of music do you like?”
The other answers, “I’m a big metal fan.”
Q – What do you call a fake noodle?
A – An impasta.
Did you hear about the claustrophobic astronaut?
He just needed space.
Clever Jokes To Make You Laugh
Just like corny jokes, clever jokes also have their time and place. Be sure to have fun and enjoy a good laugh over the following jokes:
Q – What was Beethoven’s favorite fruit?
A – Ba-na-na-naaaaa
What Do You Get When You Cross A Joke With A Rhetorical Question?
Heard about that new band called 1023 MB? They don’t have any gigs yet.
C, Eb, and G walk into a bar. The bartender says, “Sorry, no minors.”
It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally.
Helium walks into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender says, “Sorry, we don’t serve noble gases here.” Helium doesn’t react.
I heard that Oxygen and Magnesium were going out and I was like OMG
Puns to put a smile on your face
Q – How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?
A – 10-tickles
Need an Ark?
I Noah guy.
I’m positive I just lost an electron.
Better keep an ion that.
Q – What kind of cats like to go bowling?
A – Alley cats
I went to see the Liberty Bell the other day.
It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Q – What do you call a dinosaur with one eye?
A – Do-you-think-he-saur-us
The male pig puts everyone to sleep.
You might say he’s quite a boar.
Q – What do you call a goat that’s lazy?
A – Billy Idle.
Q – Where do robots go for fun?
A – The circuits
Q – Why do math teachers make good dancers?
A – Because they have algorithm
Q – You know what bugs me?
A – Insect puns
I asked my French friend if he liked to play video games. He said, “Wii.”
The machine at the coin factory just stopped working for no reason. It doesn’t make any cents.
A man sued an airline company after it lost his luggage. Sadly, he lost his case.
The past, the present, and the future walk into a bar.
It was tense
6:30 is the best time on the clock… hands down.
I lost my job at the bank on my first day. A customer asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over.
Did you hear about the two silk works in a race? It ended in a tie!
A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that toucan play at that game.
I put all of my spare cash into an origami business. It folded.
Q – Why is Peter Pan always flying?
A – He neverlands
Q – Why do hamburgers go to the gym?
A – To get better buns.
Q – Why did the apricot ask a prune to dinner?
A – Because he couldn’t find a date.
So what if I can’t spell Armageddon? It’s not the end of the world.
Sharing Jokes with Loved Ones
Many studies into mental health have found that a healthy support system can improve your state of mind; being around loved ones as you battle mental illness could also reduce your likelihood of experiencing things like eating disorders, severe loneliness, and feelings of isolation.There’s no denying that humourous and appropriate jokes can go a long way when dealing with a mental illness like depression. If you are struggling with your mental health, sharing your jokes with loved ones can make a very significant difference.
Sharing jokes with loved ones as you battle mental illness doesn’t mean that you should never have any time to yourself. However, the regular company of just even one friend or one family member can make all the difference in the world. Don’t be afraid to share jokes with the people closest to you and also hear some of their own jokes as well.
Which Jokes Are Best?
Between clever jokes and corny jokes, there are so many opportunities for laughter as you fight a mental illness like depression. While jokes, laughter, and smiles can help you take on mental illness, it’s natural to wonder precisely what jokes are best.
The truth here is that there’s no one answer to this question. Some people may find that clever jokes are better for their mental health than corny jokes; other individuals may find that corny jokes make them laugh harder and simplify the process of taking on mental illness.
Only you can know which jokes are most humorous to you. At the end of the day, each person has their own unique taste in humor and there’s nothing wrong with that. When sharing jokes with loved ones, you may also find that some people closest to you prefer clever jokes over corny jokes or vise versa. At the end of the day, however, jokes are a means to an end: fighting the mental illness that is depression.
Laughter Shouldn’t Be The Only Form Of Treatment
It’s true that there are a lot of ways that laughter can help your mental health. However, if you are struggling with depression, jokes shouldn’t be your main form of treatment. They are great for helping you fight symptoms of depression and can be a good distraction, but you need to seek treatment that will get to the bottom of your struggles.
This could be by pinpointing where your struggles are coming from so you can learn how to move on, or it could be by learning important strategies to help you cope. Many times this involves learning how to change negative thoughts to positive ones. Research shows that online therapy can be a powerful tool in treating depression.
What to Expect from Online Therapy
Depending on the level of depression that you are dealing with, there may be a medication that can help you overcome your symptoms. Therapy is also an effective way to treat depression. If you are struggling, we encourage you to reach out for help from either an online therapist or a professional that is in your local area.
Getting help from an online therapist can work wonders for your mental health, especially when you are fighting depression. Not only can online therapy help you combat this mental illness, but you can also learn healthy coping mechanisms. As you learn more about yourself, your feelings, and the mental illness you’re fighting, you increase your likelihood of getting to the root of the issue.
While online therapy can be useful, effectiveness and life-changing, it is not an overnight fix. The chronological time needed to get the most mental health benefits from online therapy may vary, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Working through a mental illness like depression takes time; it’s not a race either.
By working with your online therapist and taking things at your own pace, you can reap immense mental health benefits while building a brighter future for yourself.
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