The Power of An Open Heart & Mind
What is a Sense of Humour?
A sense of humour is an attitude; a rising to the occasion and a way of looking at ourselves and life that helps us respond positively to a situation by sharing laughter and making life more enjoyable.
How Can I Develop a Sense of Humour?
Don?t take yourself too seriously. Keep life in the right perspective by trying to see the lighter side in difficult situations rather than bemoaning your bad luck. A sense of humour comes out of a relaxed attitude, a right outlook and an open mind and promotes a cheerful and creative atmosphere.
What are the Benefits of a Sense of Humour?
Humour entertains us and makes us feel good, helping us cope better with life?s challenges. It improves our quality of interaction with those around us and acts as a strong buffer against stress, arguments and frustration. People with a sense of humour seem to be able to handle stress with more ease and are less judgemental and more compassionate, less anxious and more self-confident and popular. Laughter, after all, is the best medicine.
A sense of humour should be part of every aspect of your life because it promotes cheerfulness, a more positive outlook and closer relationships. There is a synergy between humour and creativity as most people think more creatively when they are relaxed and the pressure is removed. Humour relaxes the body and puts you into a happy and positive frame of mind; it lightens your burdens, inspires hope and keeps you focused and alert. Believe in the power of a sense of humour and reap the rewards.
A sense of humour is a natural, inherent, part of our lives; we learn to smile and then laugh within months of our birth and as we grow into childhood we tend to laugh many times a day. Unfortunately, as we move into adulthood we smile and laugh a lot less; life has become too serious. Perhaps it?s a good idea to emulate the children as it seems they are the only ones who still enjoy a sense of humour to the fullest extent.
The powers of humour and laughter are numerous. They entertain us and make us feel good, they help us cope better with life?s challenges and they make life more enjoyable and rewarding. Most importantly, a sense of humour connects us with others by strengthening our communications and our relationships. It improves our quality of interaction with those around us for when we laugh with another we foster a positive bond with that person and it increases happiness and intimacy. Humour also acts as a strong buffer against stress, arguments and frustration.
Humour doesn?t have to be offensive to induce laughter, nor should it be seen as laughing at someone else?s expense. A sense of humour is an attitude, a rising to the occasion and a way of looking at ourselves and life that helps us respond positively to a situation, bringing pleasure, hope and harmony. Humour is not crass jokes; it is a warm, relaxing way of drawing people together, sharing laughter and making life more enjoyable.
Humour relaxes the body and puts you into a happy and positive frame of mind; it lightens your burdens, inspires hope and keeps you focused and alert. It has been observed, also, that the relaxation that comes with a sense of humour develops the kind of thinking that leads to greater creativity and results in raised productivity in the home and at work. Companies are now learning that allowing fun into the workplace has a very positive effect because it causes a degree of interaction they would not normally get. They realise it eases tensions, brings greater enjoyment to the work and sustains a frame of mind which is conducive to increased productivity. Tasks are more enjoyable and less stressful.
Humour has great power to heal and renew, both in a physical and emotional sense. Physically it has been proven that following good, sustained laughter, the brain triggers the release of endorphins, the body?s natural opiates and pain suppressors. They are known as the ?feel-good? chemicals because they promote an overall sense of well-being. Humour elevates our mood breaking up boredom and fatigue and giving us more resilience. As well, blood pressure is lowered, breathing deepens, the liver is better able to process adrenaline and the immune system is enhances to improve resistance to disease. Further, laughter exercises the diaphragm, the body?s muscles are more relaxed and the heart gets a good workout.
A sense of humour is of great value in your home where the whole family can benefit. It keeps relationships fresh and exciting and adds joy, vitality and resilience to your day. Cheerfulness, a more positive outlook and a closer relationship are the rewards.
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