There are several happiness- and humor-related observances throughout the year: Hunt for Happiness Week, Laughter Is The Best Medicine Day, even an International Moment of Laughter Day (later this month!) but devoting an entire month to getting your smile back is a good idea because humor is such an important part of our lives. Laughter is considered "the best medicine" for many reasons, perhaps the most important of which being that there are many health benefits that come with laughter. Laughter itself releases healthy hormones into your body and helps you release stress and tension from your body at the same time. Also, though, laughter can help you to maintain a healthier perspective; when you can laugh in the middle of a stressful situation, you are able to reverse your fight-or-flight response and perhaps even be more focused when planning for solutions. Laughing with family and friends promotes bonding, and the resulting strong social ties build resilience to each person in the relationship. If that's not enough reason to focus on humor his month, it's just plain fun!
So see how many opportunities you can find this month to get a good laugh. (Another important thing you can do for yourself to make the most of National Humor Month is to subscribe to the About.com Stress Management Newsletter and take advantage of other ongoing resources for stress management--relaxed people tend to find the humor in stressful situations more easily.) Below are some resources to help you further along the path of celebrating humor. Please feel free to share your best tips for finding a good laugh in the comments section of this blog, or on our Facebook Page About Stress Management. Spread the joy!
- Benefits of Laughter
- More Research On Laughter
- How To Laugh More and Have More Fun
- Happiness Shortcuts
- Blog: Go Ahead, Crack Yourself Up!
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