Humor has played an integral role in my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve always enjoyed great pleasure from making people laugh. I think of it as my gift to others . . . humor is nonthreatening, yet a powerful way to effectively make a point. As Bob Hope once said, “I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”
Bob Hope knew, because he delivered humor in some very serious places during his lifetime. And, since we all see our share of winter bleakness on our respective life journeys, we all need a little sunshine to create that happy and healthy balance.
Laughter changes our physical chemistry which allows our body to defend against physical, social and emotional ailments. Laughter has been shown to provide physical benefits by:
- Boosting our immune system
- Lowering debilitating stress hormones
- Decreasing the physical pain one might feel
- Prevent heart disease
- Relax muscles
Laughter also delivers superior emotional wellness by:
- Helping you deal with stress more effectively
- Helping you cope better with difficult situations
- Improve your mood
- Give you a positive feeling that lifts your spirit
There are two kinds of laughter: laughing with others publicly and laughing at yourself privately. I bet you’d agree that we like being around people who can make us laugh.
Will Rogers once said, “Everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else.” Being able to laugh at yourself is like a wellness inoculation against the inevitable struggles in life.
If you want to ease the burdens in life, make a conscious decision and “decide” to be a happier person . . .you will notiece that once you are, others want to be around!