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29 mai 2011

What are the benefits of humor?

According to Wikipedia, humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. It is a birthright, a natural part of life, which has multiple benefits mentally, physically, and socially.

Humor is the best medicine. People who laugh on regular basis have lower standing blood pressure than people who don’t. Laughter exercises almost the entire body and stimulates both sides of the brain. It boosts the immune system making us stronger and better able to fight diseases. It protects the heart, reduces stress, and fosters instant relaxation. It also releases pent-up feelings of anger and frustration and makes us feel good.

Socially, humor is the shortest distance between two people. Humor initiates conversation and generally builds a more trusting atmosphere. Humor unites us, reduces our hostility, deflects criticism, improves our moral, and eases tension, especially when we laugh together. Humor is enjoyed best when shared with others. Our works, marriages, celebrations, friendships, all need humor. Laughs and smiles also help us avoid loneliness by connecting with others who are attracted to genuine cheerfulness.

To develop a sense of humor and make it part of our every day life we need to take life lightly and seek out funny people. We also need to hang out with children more often to enhance our playfulness and add humor to our life. Besides, we have to watch comedy DVDs and TV shows, read comic authors and jokes, and spend less time with very serious people.

Eventually, we need to learn to see hope in the midst of sadness though not all people have the same taste in humor. There are times when humor is inappropriate to use. So, we have to be aware that humor can be a double-edged sword that can generate a quantal response – either a constructive or a destructive function.


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