H: HUMOR TO DESTRESS
Laughter has long been touted as a beneficial part of the healing process. When Norman Cousins was told he had little chance of survival, he developed his own recovery program. His positive attitude was not new to him, however. He had always been an optimist, known for his kindness to others, and his robust love of life itself. “I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep,” he reported. “When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, [Ellen and I] would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval.” This resulted in his 1979 book, Anatomy of an Illness.
Laughter and humor is also advised as a way to destress. (Although, I wouldn’t recommend laughing in an irate customer’s face as the proper way to use this technique.)
In India, and around the world, laughter clubs are springing up as a way to destress. Check out this short video clip of British actor, John Cleese, visiting India’s famous Laughter Club. At the time of viewing there were 600 clubs in India, about 800 worldwide, that met daily for a dose of fun.
Want to start your own laughter club? Here’s a site, Laughter Online University, with lots of information to get you started.
Where can you find some humor to help lighten your mood today?