Laughter is a stress reliever that can mentally lighten the load. It improves the mood and can assist in coping with difficult circumstances. It can invite a sense of relaxation, promote ease and create space for connection. As a people we need laughter.
“Laughter is the best medicine.”Anonymous
Amir Leung-Tat, Laughter, 2018. Digital Photograph. ©Amir Leung-Tat. All rights reserved.
What is more healing than reveling in joy. Experiencing unfiltered joy makes it easier for one to carry a heavy heart, and to remember that pain is not all there is. Oftentimes, the media solely focuses on the pain and trauma the Black community face while disregarding the importance of Black joy. Since 2015, The Black Joy Project has helped spread the concept of Black joy as an act of resistance, without erasing the difficulties of the Black experience, through social media. Laughter is healing and to be able to choose and express such joy is powerful.