How to Start Your Day Laughing

Sep 5th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Among my very best friends are those who send humorous, really, genuinely humorous, emails. One came which started my morning. It was a thank you for all the emails that had been sent to warn of lurking dangers and inexplicable disasters. It truly is funny. I love to laugh like that. In the quiet of my study, it is easy to guffaw without offending anyone.

Particularly is such exercise good for the endorphins. Norman Cousins, author of “Anatomy of an Illness,” was among the first real seers who helped us see the value of humor. He refused to be held captive by the confines of illness or even hospital care. He ordered up loads of videos and watched the shenanigans of Laurel and Hardy, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, et al. The result: he recovered faster than anticipated. The medicine that did it: laughter!

One needn’t be ill to take advantage of the therapeutic qualities of humor and laughter. As in my experience this morning, it just started my day right, gave me a chance to realize I was taking the day’s challenges too seriously. Lighten up and Laugh is good counsel.

Here are some ways to provoke laughter and improve your humor quotient:

>Stay in touch with friends who help you laugh.

>Look for humor everywhere.

>Avoid too much cable news and shouting heads.

>Look for the subtle humor in everything. Be careful, not everyone will be ready for your insights.

>Check the timing in the way you tell stories. Don’t give away the punch line too soon.

>Exercise your brain by finding ways to remember really good jokes and stories that are appropriate for all kinds of occasions.

>Laughter is infectious. Help make it epidemic.

>Be careful not to repeat the same story to the same people. That is not humor, it is boredom.

>Allow others in on the action. You aren’t the only one with a good story.

>Tell your stories to a variety of persons, discover your own style to help the story be funny.

>Find humor in everyday situations, personal foibles and experiences. It will humble you.

Now, tell me, don’t you feel better already?



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