One of the health insurance companies I work with forwarded me this article. It’s got some great points.
“Energizer Bunny Arrested, Charged with Battery”
By: David Brown, Ph.D.
I saw this quote the other day and started to chuckle. My haphazard chuckle suddenly escalated to a “gut-wrenching” laugh. I thought I was losing my mind. The bunny joke was funny, but not worthy of that kind of belly laughing. It didn’t take me long to figure out what happened. At that particular moment in time, I had to laugh. If I didn’t, I was probably going to cry.
Sometimes, we take life too seriously. We quit smiling. Nothing is funny- we see the glass as half empty. I had forgotten that laughter is a deadly weapon. It’s a natural-born- killer of stress and depression. It seems to perform some type of emotional release like turning on a faucet to let the stress pour out. Now you can actually find a plethora of research supporting the saying “Laughter is the best medicine.”
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being. It also improves circulation, stimulates the nervous system, strengthens the immune system, lowers blood and makes the heart stronger.
Don’t want to get fired from your job- try having a sense of humor. Human resource personnel almost always consider humor to be one of the key attributes of a desired employee. It helps boost morale and thus leads to increased productivity. Humor in the workplace builds relationships and facilitates communication. Many employees are fired because of their inability to communicate and get along with their colleagues.
When we were kids, we laughed about 400 times a day. As adults, we’re lucky if we laugh 10 times a day. By growing up, we somehow lost hundreds of laughs a day. By learning to smile and laugh again, more easily and often, we can keep life in perspective. It will have a profound effect on our mental and physical health.
Even if you don’t feel like laughing, fake it. Your body will respond to pretend laughing just as though you were genuinely laughing. So there’s no excuse! If you don’t feel it, fake it for awhile! You will soon see you really do feel better.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Look in the mirror and laugh at yourself daily
- Practice laughing 5 minutes every day- fake it till you make it
- Smile- it puts you closer to laughing
- Laugh when others laugh
- Seek out entertainment that makes you laugh
- Do one silly, non-conforming thing a day
Laughter is contagious. So go ahead and laugh- simply because you can…