Monday, April 11, 2011

Where is your sense of humor?

People who can laugh at a good joke ( or even themselves), comedians, and people who have the good sense to utilize the benefits that humor has to offer, all have something in common. They all possess a “sense of humor.” According to, a sense of humor is “the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous.” It is also a coping mechanism to deal with life’s absurdities, a physical and mental health aid, and a tool to strengthen your relationships (if used properly).

There are certainly many things going on in our lives that we have to worry about and take seriously. As adults, we worry about job security, taxes, housing and feeding our families, crime, terrorists, the environment, illnesses, war, loss of loved ones, and the list goes on. Still, we wake up every morning to start a brand new day. Possessing a sense of humor means that you can allow yourself to add laughter to your life, it can help you to cope with whatever challenges and obstacles come your way. When you are feeling overwhelmed, there is nothing like a good laugh to get you through those moments. You will feel much better if you surround yourself with people who can learn how to look at the positives, and help you laugh at life’s absurdities. It enhances your mood, enables you to focus, eases fear and tension, and allows you to live more fully.
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Having a sense of humor also enables you to laugh. When you laugh, stress hormones are reduced, and your entire body relaxes, easing tension. Immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies are increased which improves your resistance to disease. A good laugh triggers the release of endorphins, the natural “feel good” chemical in the brain. This chemical is our body’s natural way to reduce pain. Laughter is also good for your heart. It increases the blood flow and improves the function of the blood vessels. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

A sense of humor is a tool that can help strengthen your relationships and help you make new ones. No one likes to be in the presence of someone who takes everything in life too seriously. People are attracted to individuals that greet you with a smile, that know how to laugh, and who enjoy looking at the brighter side of life. It can improve your relationships with your partner; family, friends, employers, co-workers, and can help you in social environments. On the other hand, a sense of humor is an asset that also needs to be controlled. No one enjoys being around an obnoxious person that makes a joke out of everything and everyone, a person who laughs inappropriately, or can never take life seriously.

There is a great quote by a man named Hugh Sidey. It reads, “A sense of humor... is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” If you think you have lost your sense of humor, it can be found again by watching shows that make you laugh like “America’s Funniest Videos”, or rent a comedy film, find someone who makes you laugh, and spend more time with them. Learn how to loosen up and laugh again. Your mental and physical health will benefit as well as your personal relationships.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree with you more!