As a counselor, it may surprise you that there is often a lot of laughter in many of my sessions. I encourage my clients to laugh; to find the humor in the situation, in the individuals they are with and at life in general.
- Laughing is as healing as tears.
- Laughter is truly beneficial.
- Laughter is good for your health.
- Laughter is beneficial.
- Laughter can decrease distressing emotions. It’s not possible to feel anxious, angry or sad when you’re laughing. One of the funniest moments during my Mom’s treatment was when she awoke from a surgery and when asked if she was hungry stated, “I want steak.” The funny part was she stated it in the same tone and voice that Homer Simpson stated in an episode James and I had just watched. We both laughed.
- Laughter helps you relax and recharge. Taking time to laugh can reduce stress and increase energy. You are often able to accomplish more and stay more focused. Watch a funny YouTube video or share a joke with a coworker or friend.
- Humor shifts perspective. There are times in life when things simply get too serious. Humor allows you to see situations in a more realistic light. A different perspective allows you psychological distance and can help you not feel overwhelmed. When I worked as a Hospice employee, I always warned my new students that they would be hearing laughter from the employees and this was a way of coping with the daily stress of the job.
Do you have enough laughter in your life? Do you know what makes you laugh?
This week I challenge you to try to laugh at least once per day. Find humor in a situation. Laugh at yourself for doing something silly. Watch a favorite comedy sitcom or movie. See if you feel different after you allow yourself to laugh.
Self Care Saturday is a weekly series providing tips and suggestions for self care in your daily life.]]>