Under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean government (North Korea) forbade residents to laugh up to 11 days to commemorate the ten years of death of Kim Jong Il, former North Korean leader and father Kim Jong Un, on December 17. So-called residents must show the atmosphere and not be involved in recreational activities.
“In the past, many people were caught drinking or drunk during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals. They were taken away and never looked again,” said a resident of the Sinuiju border city in the northeast across the Yalu River from Dandong China to Radio Free Asia (RFA ) Quoted Friday (17/12/2021).
Quoted from Mayo Clinic, laughter because the reaction of entertaining things is a powerful way to relieve stress. When someone laughs, the body can produce endorphin hormones that reduce pain and trigger positive feelings.
“Laughter increases oxygen-rich air intake, stimulates the heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins released by your brain,” said Mayo Clinic.
With such benefits, refraining from laughing or recreational activities means removing some ways to relieve stress. In the length of the piling up, stress can hurt mental health.
The piling stress can cause emotional symptoms from irritability, often feeling overwhelmed, the mind is not calm, until the depression. In some cases, long-term stress can also cause physical symptoms ranging from high blood pressure, pain, headache to weakness.