Abuja – Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Friday said that they felt comfortable spending money to watch comedy shows because it helped relieve stress.
The residents, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said that there was the need to organize more comedy shows because they helped individuals to relax and take their minds off their worries.
Joseph Benson, a marketer in one of the new generation banks said that it was important for people to have a good laugh in order to release stress.
“My job is very stressful and tedious, and every marketer knows that when the deadline for our target is close, our hearts race faster.
“That situation is not good for our health, so I believe a good laugh is something to invest in.
“I pay for these comedy shows because they help take my mind off my troubles for a healthy period of time,” he said.
Glory Haruna, a nurse said that comedy helped her have a fresh look at life which was something she needed periodically.
“I always come for these comedy shows that hold here in town, because it helps me reset my mind and get a fresh look at life from time to time.
“As a nurse, I go to work every day and see people go through various forms of pain while others are barely clinging to life.
“I have to be there to help them go through the situation and it takes a toll on me mentally and emotionally.
“I try to immerse myself in any opportunity of joy I see because it reminds me of the good things in life,’’ Haruna said.
Vera Okon, a supermarket manager, told NAN that the fact that Nigerian comedians could cause laughter out of the worrisome situations in the country was what made her comfortable to spend much money on comedy tickets.
“Nigeria is a country with terrible problems and the things we see and hear on the news is enough to depress us all, but these comedians are wonderful.
“They try to turn that bad news into something we can laugh about and they just uplift our spirits.
“They are the typical example of the saying ‘ when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,’’ Okon said.
Michael Taiwo, a fitness trainer, said that he didn’t mind spending money on a good comedy show because laughter is known to be good for the heart and the abdominal muscles.
“It is good for people to relax every now and then, especially with activities that will engulf their minds and prevent them from thinking of stressful things.
“Studies show that people who smile or laugh a lot have lower risks for related heart problems caused by stress.
“Also, in order to laugh, one must contract their abdominal muscles to achieve the laughter and that helps tighten the muscles in the area.
“That is why sometimes, some people laugh so hard to the point that they feel a bit of pain or a cramp in the abdomen.
“It is common among people who don’t have much core activities or just don’t laugh much,’’ Taiwo said.
Maureen Nduak, an air hostess with Arik airlines, said she loved to smile and laugh a lot and felt that comedy shows gave her the opportunity to do so freely.
“I am someone who by default, is always smiling and it’s to the point that people ask why I am always smiling.
“My husband and I love to have a good laugh and we know that in public we can’t just laugh anyhow because people will think we are crazy or even get offended.
“Whenever we are able to spend time together to laugh, we take full advantage of it, no matter the price.
“Happiness is just needed,’’ she said. (NAN)