HUMOR Health Promotion Program Navy Environmental Health Center
Humor • How good is your sense of humor? • How often do you laugh? • Do you use humor to help with stress? • Is it something you lost?
Humor • An excellent stress buster! • Fun and healthy activity • Laughing has been called- “inner jogging” • Wonderful way to relieve anxiety and to cope!
The arrival of a good clown exercises more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than twenty asses laden with drugs Thomas Sydenham 17th Century Physicain
Research on Humor • Experts say that humor- lowers pain threshold, boosts immune system, and may burn calories. • Those who use humor are less likely to become upset, and it reduces stress levels. • Humor is a way to connect with others
Why Humor Helps • Gives us a break! • Refreshes and renews! • Helps to counter distress • Gives us hope, and happiness • Offers a new perspective! • It is a lot of fun!
You cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you understand the most amusing. Winston Churchill
Scientists Definition of Laughter A psycho-physiological reflex, a successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal chords, often accompanied by a baring of the teeth and facial grimaces
How to use Humor? Lots of effective ways to improve ourlaughter and humor!
Hang with Humorous Others • Do you associate with others who are funny and laugh? • Seek out people who tickle your funny bone, improve your mood, engage your wit, and with whom you feel positive! • Remember that a laugh is contagious!
Smile • Flash those pearly whites! • Remember that putting on the happy face and smiling may change your attitude,feelings, thoughts and behavior! • If you’re not feeling good, remember what your parents said- Fake it ‘til you make it!
When you smile, things seem to smile back Allen Klein
Laugh at Yourself! • Consider laughing at yourself! • How often do you take everything too seriously? • Can you poke fun at your mistakes, seriousness and perfections? • When did you last laugh at your own expense?
Magnify • Exaggerate! • How frequently do you use exaggeration humor in your life? • Consider the use of humor to overdo and exaggerate the situation and put things into a different (and better) perspective...
Use Humor • Is there humor to be found in your bumps and lumps? • Break out your personal humor survival kit and put it to use!
Negative Humor • Some types of laughing and humor may be harmful to you and others! • Beware of ridicule, sarcasm and slights! • Other types of inappropriate laughing and humor may hurt, rather than cheer up someone, and may release your hostility...
Remember • Expose yourself to humor often! • Find humor wherever you are • Laugh more often! • Practice...
Humor is a wonderful gift for living with our imperfection; it is the synapse between the perfection we seek and the imperfection we have Joel Goodman
References • Based upon the works of- Dr’s David Sobel and Robert Ornstein in The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Handbook, Publisher DRx, Los Altos, CA., 1996, and Margaret Baim and Loretta LaRoche- Jest ‘n Joy in The Wellness Book, Fireside, New York, NY, 1992.