Watching a funny clip on the internet or going to a comedy show sounds like a great way to enjoy yourself. But did you ever pause to think about the many ways adding humor in our lives can benefit us, besides making the present moment fun? Read on below on how laughter and humor creates a positive life and why you should be ROFL-ing right now!
How Laughter And Humor Creates A Positive Life
Who doesn’t love a good laugh or two? No matter who you are with and whatever is happening, a good sense of humor has the potential to immediately lift up everyone’s spirits. Even the most boring of conferences can become fun if you have a good friend to joke about it with you in your down time!
Smiling and laughing are one of the most primitive responses that a human baby learns. In fact, infants begin smiling when they are as young as 12 weeks old, and the frequency and the intensity of the laughter increases steadily up to the one year mark. At the age of 5 months, human babies begin to show visible enjoyment when they make other people laugh.
Hence, expressing and spreading joy is as natural to man as milk is to tea (why was the concept of black tea even invented?!). Even so, we seem to lose this tendency to laugh at small things and share jokes as we grow up. Ever wondered why?
We Are Laughing Lesser And Lesser Every Passing Day
As we age, things just seem to get more serious. A friend falling down elicits concern for his well being instead of endless laughter. Fart jokes become childish and immature, and things that amused us to no end seem boring now. While children find 400 different things to laugh about each day on average, adults have difficulty finding 15 things worthy of their laughter a day.
While on one hand we learn to control our laughter in inappropriate settings (imagine laughing out loud at a funeral – the horror!), on the other hand this seems to have a negative effect on our general attitude. And maybe that is the reason so many of us are searching for happiness today.
I don’t know about you guys, but for me, real happiness lies in laughing like a child. When you laugh without a worry in the world is when you know that you are thoroughly enjoying yourself! But did you know that jokes could add more to your life than just a bit of fun? Well, by the end of this blog post, you will!
The Many Ways Humor Can Enrich Your Life
If you were told a funny joke today that made you crack up, you owe the person who told the joke a thanks. Pure, genuine laughter is great for all parts of your life – be it work, relationships, or your own health. Here are only a few of the many ways humor can enrich your life.
1. A little bit of humor can make for a more productive work environment
If you own a business and have been struggling with employee performance, try making the environment in your office a bit more relaxed and friendly. Rigid and strict environments have a direct negative effect on your productivity in general, which could be helped greatly by adding a little bit of humor.
2. Laughter therapy reduces stress and helps you battle mental exhaustion
Here’s a fun fact: the greater your sense of humor, the less likely you are to suffer from stress and anxiety disorders. Being able to take things easy is incredibly important for anyone to deal with stressful situations. By making sure that you are laughing an ample amount, you can keep your morale up and keep mental exhaustion at bay.
3. Laughter can boost your physical health as well
In addition to the numerous benefits laughter therapy can extend for your mental health, it also has great effects on your physical health. Believe it or not, but the fact is that laughter can greatly boost your immune system!
Whoever said that laughter is the best medicine was really on to something. By helping you relax your muscles, laughing helps release the pent up tension in your body that can cause unexplained body aches. Another way that it can help relieve pain is by naturally producing endorphins that can instantly make you feel better and reduce painful sensations. Not only that, but laughing also increases one’s blood flow and promotes good heart health!
4. Humor can be harnessed to market your products in a more effective way
If you closely study a good and effective ad campaign, you will most likely find a humorous aspect to it. Jokes are frequently used in marketing to increase the sales of a particular product. This is because humor is a great way to communicate with an audience.
Using humor at just the right places will make people stop and listen to what you have to say. With that, jokes in an ad campaign also increase a brand’s likeability and can move people to buy their products out of this newfound attraction. Humor in marketing also makes it more likely for people to remember you when making purchase decisions, and hence can significantly improve your overall sales
5. Laughing together helps in creating meaningful interpersonal connections
Ever felt like you have known a person all your life after only spending one enjoyable hour or two with them? Chances are, that this brief interaction had lots of jokes and shared laughter between the two of you to bond over.
There is no other thing that connects two people better than laughing together. Appropriate humor can significantly strengthen interpersonal relationships, and help build new ones too. It builds rapport with others, and can instantly make them like us.
It’s a wrap
A sense of humor is an invaluable social asset that promotes our own well being, has the potential to diffuse triggering situations, and can resolve huge conflicts. Sometimes in tragedy, all we can do is laugh about the absurdity of the situation and laugh the pain away. For many, humor is the greatest way to cope with a massive loss.
So what are you waiting for?! Log onto the internet and stream funny videos to your heart’s content. You may be putting off work for a while, but it’s all for a good cause in the end… right? 😉