“He who laughs, lasts.” –Mary Pettibone Poole
Let’s face it. Because of all its complexities, life can be pretty stressful. To cope with these stressors, I find using humor one of the very best ways to cope.
Often I produce the laughter of others … accidentally, I may add. For instance, I have come to work with two different shoes on, shirts on backwards or inside out, and dresses or skirts on backwards.
I don’t mind laughter at my expense. I feel good about contributing to the well-being of others.
We often underestimate the power of laughter. You see, laughter provides so much benefit. It lowers our blood pressure, reduces stress hormone levels, improves cardiac health, and triggers the release of endorphins.
It actually provides some of the same benefits that exercise does!
What are some ways we can insert laughter in our lives? If you don’t want to go to work or school with your clothing on incorrectly like I do, you can:
Tell a funny joke or story.
Watch a funny TV show, movie, YouTube video, or even old family videos.
Read comic strips.
Read a funny story, book or blog.
Play a funny game (Taboo, Pie Face, Pictionary).
And some of my personal favorites …
Get into a discussion with family and friends about funny memories of the past. This always becomes a part of my family functions and inevitably gets us laughing so hard we cry.
Spend time with a small child. I regularly spend time with a 2-year-old who always makes me laugh. I call it “Mav therapy.” His name is Mavrick.
Play with your pets. Although my cat Jessie often appears annoyed, he provides a lot of giggles for me.
Never underestimate the power of laughter in groups. When faced with a stressful situation, sometimes even a funny comment can automatically bring down the stress in a room (when appropriate, of course).
“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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