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HUMOR Health Promotion Program Navy Environmental Health Center Humor How good is your sense of humor? How often do you laugh? Do you use humor to help with stress? Is it something you lost? Humor An excellent stress buster! Fun and healthy activity

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humor

HUMOR

Health Promotion Program

Navy Environmental Health Center

humor2
Humor
  • How good is your sense of humor?
  • How often do you laugh?
  • Do you use humor to help with stress?
  • Is it something you lost?
humor3
Humor
  • An excellent stress buster!
  • Fun and healthy activity
  • Laughing has been called- “inner jogging”
  • Wonderful way to relieve anxiety and to cope!
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The arrival of a good clown exercises more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than twenty asses laden with drugs

Thomas Sydenham

17th Century Physicain

research on humor
Research on Humor
  • Experts say that humor- lowers pain threshold, boosts immune system, and may burn calories.
  • Those who use humor are less likely to become upset, and it reduces stress levels.
  • Humor is a way to connect with others
why humor helps
Why Humor Helps
  • Gives us a break!
  • Refreshes and renews!
  • Helps to counter distress
  • Gives us hope, and happiness
  • Offers a new perspective!
  • It is a lot of fun!
you cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you understand the most amusing

You cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you understand the most amusing.

Winston Churchill

scientists definition of laughter
Scientists Definition of Laughter

A psycho-physiological reflex, a successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal chords, often accompanied by a baring of the teeth and facial grimaces

how to use humor
How to use Humor?

Lots of effective ways to improve ourlaughter and humor!

hang with humorous others
Hang with Humorous Others
  • Do you associate with others who are funny and laugh?
  • Seek out people who tickle your funny bone, improve your mood, engage your wit, and with whom you feel positive!
  • Remember that a laugh is contagious!
smile
Smile
  • Flash those pearly whites!
  • Remember that putting on the happy face and smiling may change your attitude,feelings, thoughts and behavior!
  • If you’re not feeling good, remember what your parents said- Fake it ‘til you make it!
laugh at yourself
Laugh at Yourself!
  • Consider laughing at yourself!
  • How often do you take everything too seriously?
  • Can you poke fun at your mistakes, seriousness and perfections?
  • When did you last laugh at your own expense?
magnify
Magnify
  • Exaggerate!
  • How frequently do you use exaggeration humor in your life?
  • Consider the use of humor to overdo and exaggerate the situation and put things into a different (and better) perspective...
use humor
Use Humor
  • Is there humor to be found in your bumps and lumps?
  • Break out your personal humor survival kit and put it to use!
negative humor
Negative Humor
  • Some types of laughing and humor may be harmful to you and others!
  • Beware of ridicule, sarcasm and slights!
  • Other types of inappropriate laughing and humor may hurt, rather than cheer up someone, and may release your hostility...
remember
Remember
  • Expose yourself to humor often!
  • Find humor wherever you are
  • Laugh more often!
  • Practice...
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Humor is a wonderful gift for living with our imperfection; it is the synapse between the perfection we seek and the imperfection we have

Joel Goodman

references
References
  • Based upon the works of- Dr’s David Sobel and Robert Ornstein in The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Handbook, Publisher DRx, Los Altos, CA., 1996, and Margaret Baim and Loretta LaRoche- Jest ‘n Joy in The Wellness Book, Fireside, New York, NY, 1992.