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Humor, Play, And Fun. Positive Effects of Humor and Laughter. Release of anxiety or nervousness Maintain a sense of control over life Breaks down interpersonal barriers Increases pleasure, reduces pain Physiological homeostasis Promotes general well-being Release of anger.

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positive effects of humor and laughter
Positive Effects of Humor and Laughter
  • Release of anxiety or nervousness
  • Maintain a sense of control over life
  • Breaks down interpersonal barriers
  • Increases pleasure, reduces pain
  • Physiological homeostasis
  • Promotes general well-being
  • Release of anger
laughter therapy
Laughter Therapy
  • Counters the effects of stress
  • Provides cathartic release--
  • Purifies the emotions
  • Releases emotional tension
  • Different sounds of laughter
  • Social laughing
laughter humor tips
Laughter/Humor Tips

With significant others/friends/family:

  • Seek out the humor in serious situations and share it
  • Consciously smile at others more
  • Stay playful in your interaction by keeping your voice and body language playful
  • Play "Teasing Telephone Tag" by leaving outrageous messages
  • Tell them how much you enjoy their laughter and sense of humor
  • Exaggerate your affection for each other—Make everything bigger than it is. Add a dash of silliness for fun.
  • Go on a spur-of-the-moment picnic
  • Dance together in the living room, in the parking lot, on the street, in the mall
  • Use your imagination to develop playful greetings for each other like a dramatic hug, enthusiastic joy at seeing each other, overdone messages about missing each other
laughter humor tips cont d
Laughter/Humor Tips—Cont’d

At work/while studying:

  • Look for the funny things that always exist like typos, the funny actions of your co-workers, your own funny behavior.
  • Give your projects comical names like Quasimodo or Thumper.
  • Have mindless toys on your desk and take short breaks to play.
  • Incorporate elements of a game into your work. Give yourself a prize for completing a project; divide the project into a football field and see each stage of completion as a first down; give yourself a cheer; develop a ritualized, playful way of turning on your computer
  • Wear light-hearted, temporary tattoos that help you cope

General Tips:

  • Look for humor around you--on signs, in people's behavior, on TV, in the newspaper, the things others say, crazy things that happen to you.--Keep a journal.
  • Share your embarrassing moments with other people.
  • Laugh with other people when they laugh.
  • Do at least one silly, non-conforming thing a day.
types of humor
Parody

Satire

Slapstick

Nonsense

Double Entendre

Dark humor

Irony

Dry humor & puns

Sarcasm

Types of humor
fun and play
Fun and Play
  • Pure, carefree, simple pleasure
  • Lifestyle fun and Fun moments
  • Play (Kolb, 2000)
    • A reward in and of itself
    • Enhances creativity and spontaneity
    • Enhances learning