Reading the morning paper’s comics can be a stress relieving activity. My interest in women’s comic strips resurfaced as I sorted through some magazines ready for recycling. In an issue of MS I re-discovered an article called Paper Movies: Feminist cartoonists create characters that are real, raunchy—and they’ll knock your socks off.
Indeed, light heartedness and sense of humor is a basic resilience strengthening strategy.
Fred, the oldest known goldfish, lived to forty-one years of age. It is a mystery how he survived so long. Unlike Fred, we humans can have a full and vibrant life if we keep breathing outside the fish bowl. That requires us to seize our days, as we age. Yes, join me in growing old, healthy and playful. […]
Have you ever wondered about your humor personality or telling a joke or two? WAIT! You might be asking, “Do I need to tell jokes to have a sense of humor?” Absolutely not! Read on! Most of us, at some time or another, crack a smile — if not a gut wrenching guffaw. Having a sense of […]
The idea of humor in the workplace is not new. Research indicates humor can help increase creativity, cut stress, improve relationships, and attract clients. Yet, there are misconceptions about lightening up in the work environment. Humor in the Workplace Myths Some people believe that in order to show as sense of humor at work you must be willing […]
Here are some light hearted ideas to ease internal tension.
Gallop Poll . . . They point out that, in their research, regardless of the wars and unrest in the world, seven in 10 people in 138 countries reported in their Positive Experiences Index significant amounts of:
2. laughing or smiling
3. feeling well-rested
4. being treated with respect
Humor can help you sustain a more positive, upbeat attitude while dealing with daily hassles. Every now and then, reflect on different situations and ask if you just might have taken yourself a little too seriously. It might be time to lighten up!
Delightfully, out of the mouths of babes comes the truth. We adults have workaholiced ourselves away from taking time to wonder at life nuances. We are socialized to worry about what the neighbours and our mother-in-law think, to look successful and to hide our feelings to the point that we have forgotten the essence of a normally absurd life. There is much we can learn by connecting to babies and children. They remind us of our own childlike essence – the kid in us.
There are exceptions to sex differences but certainly there is evidence of men, like Bob, and women, like Betty, having different humor tendencies.
Not only is humor a key resilient strengthening tool it has become a hot topic in the world of employment.
If a key factor to increasing mental health is a sense of humor, perhaps we could all use a booster shot of smile and laugh.