What is it about a good laugh that can just melt your stress away, and turn a bad day back into a good day? How can we utilize this wonderful gift more often?
I was busy at work today as usual, and could hear one of my co-workers getting more and more stressed as her work load piled up on her, and customers yelled at her on the phone despite her best efforts to explain procedures that needed to be followed in order for her to help them resolve their issues. Finally after one particularly difficult call, I turned to her and calmly suggested that perhaps that last customer really needed a laxative, and that was why he was so uptight and cranky with her!
Thankfully that did the trick for her! It was wonderful to see her stress melt away into spasms of much-needed laughter! Afterwards she thanked me for the comic relief, and said from now on when people are uptight and cranky with her she is going to think of that comment to help her get past it.
Laughter truly has many wonderful benefits for our health. Here are a couple to consider:
“Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you to release anger and be more forgiving.”
The link between laughter and mental health
- Laughter stops distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.
- Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.
- Laughter shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and diffuse conflict.
- Laughter draws you closer to others, which can have a profound effect on all aspects of your mental and emotional health.
In considering how to help each other through our work day, and any other time where someone needs some stress relief, sometimes the kindest and most compassionate thing you can do is give each other a wonderful break with a reason to smile and laugh over the situation at hand. Look for opportunities to share some laughter with those you love, and those you care about.
Have a truly blessed day! Namaste.
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