8 Serious Reasons to Develop a Sense of Humor
If you’re interested in enhancing your health, your brain, and your opportunities for success, laugh more. Having a good sense of humor is beneficial to multiple aspects of your life. Laughing and smiling aren’t frivolous activities. A well-developed sense of humor has incredible benefits so let go of being so serious and learn why humor is so important.
A sense of humor has many advantages:
- Improve your health. If the pandemic has taught us anything it is that we need to take responsibility for our own health. The more you laugh, the less frequently you’ll be sick. Studies have shown that laughing strengthens the immune system.
- Laughter is to the immune system like the heart is to the circulatory system. It moves the diaphragm and pushes lymphatic fluid around your body. This boosts your immune system.
- Laughing also lowers your blood pressure, which is great for your heart and brain. In his book, “Love, Medicine and Miracles”, Dr. Bernie Siegel describes how self-healing starts with laughing.
- Laughter will make you more resistant to illness and possibly, reduce your medical bills.
- Reduce stress. Daily life is stressful. There are many ways to relieve stress, but few feel as good as laughing. With a good sense of humor, it’s easy to find reasons to laugh about life. A good laugh will allow you to forget about your challenges, at least for the moment.
- When you laugh, you have no choice to be in the present moment. You can’t think about your challenges and problems. In that moment, you are stress-free.
- Laughter may even improve your ability to deal with those challenges because you will come back to them with a different perspective.
- Uplift your mood. It feels good to laugh, and the good feelings can last for hours afterwards. Humor can redirect your focus from the negative happenings in your life to something more enjoyable.
- Do you want to be happy? Or Happier? Then laugh. Your mood will instantly shift from feeling bad to feeling good. If you don’t believe me, just do it and find out for yourself.
- Enhance your social life. Whether you’re trying to find new friends or trying to find the man or woman of your dreams, a sense of humor is critical. Consider the most popular people you know. Are they upbeat and do they smile easily? Or do they lack a sense of humor?
- A joke or a witty comment will instantly break a tense moment and make people smile. If you want to have a better social life, develop a great sense of humor.
- Benefit others. Your mood, words, and actions affect those around you. When you’re in a bad mood, it negatively impacts others. Your smiling, happy face and mood are uplifting and brighten the moods of those around you.
- Human dynamics tells us that we are all wire to connect. When you approach others with optimism, they feel it, too.
- In this time of unprecedented change and challenge, who doesn’t want to feel better?
- Strengthen your relationships. Is it possible to have a relationship that wouldn’t benefit from your sense of humor? Laughing together brings you closer together. You’ll find that your relationships with your neighbors, friends, family, and coworkers benefit from your ability to laugh and appreciate the lighter side of life.
- When you can laugh at yourself and the crazy stuff going on in the world, you bring a new perspective to the people around you. It breaks the tension so you can approach common problems together and solve them creatively.
- Increase your intelligence. At the very least, you’ll learn more easily. A study demonstrated that laughing stimulates the learning centers of the brain. Stimulating those areas on a regular basis is believed to enhance the ability to learn new information. Laughing might help you get a scholarship to Harvard.
- Business is moving at the speed of light. Every day there is a new phone app or software application to plan, manage, track, and resolve massive amounts of incoming data. A good sense of humor will keep you open and curious so you can make better decisions to get your job done, and done well.
- Maybe you are not ready to move to Boston and go to Harvard but if you laugh more you will learn faster and retain more of that learned information.
Laughing is good for you. Your sense of humor impacts your health, mood, social life, and those around you. Now you know why they say, “Laughter is the best medicine.”
Cultivating Your Sense of Humor
Laughter is the best medicine and is also very powerful. However, just like any drug, it’s important to follow the directions to avoid unwanted side effects. So, now it’s time for you to laugh it up and develop a sense of humor. This can be challenging, but can also be a lot of fun. You may even reach your goals sooner if you learn to lighten up. Here’s how to use humor skillfully, so it will enrich your life.
- Be kind. Tasteless jokes and ridiculing others are more likely to get you fired than promoted. You want to generate the kind of humor that creates social bonds and takes a playful view of life.
- Smile more. Start out by looking friendly and approachable. Smiling at others will give you more opportunities to have fun. Keep smiling with books like “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine” and spread your smile around.
- Act silly. You could be missing out on joyful experiences because you’re worried about looking foolish. In reality, you’ll probably earn more respect by letting go of your need for approval and behaving more authentically.
- Think creatively. What can you learn from a comedy writer’s brain? MRI scans show higher levels of activity in the temporal lobe where spontaneous associations are made. Try new things and trust your instincts.
- Take risks. Being funny may require sharing your thoughts and feelings. You can start small in situations where you feel safe, like with your family or chatting online.
- Fake it. What if you’re having trouble finding anything funny? Even simulated laughter can lift your spirits. Pretend to chuckle and feel it turn into the real thing.
- Play with kids. Children are an excellent source of inspiration. Listen to their stories and join their games. Your dog may be willing to share some pointers too.
- Watch videos. As long as you have an internet connection, you can access a wide variety of amusing content. Watch cats shredding toilet paper, senior citizens disco dancing, or whatever tickles your funny bone.
- Use props. Laughter is more effective when you practice on a daily basis. Keep objects around that remind you to take a break. Decorate your office desk with windup toys. Hang a set of oversized forks and spoons in your kitchen.
- Shift your perspective. Almost anything can be humorous if you change the way you look at yourself and your world. Look for the entertainment value in parent teacher conferences and garbage strikes. Emotional intelligence depends on striking a balance between humor and seriousness.
Use humor kindly and responsibly and laugh your way to greater happiness, health, and success. You will achieve your goals, reach your potential, and have fun along the way.