Save Yourself and Stop Irritating Others
Laughter Therapy to Preserve Holiday Sanity
I take the time every night to read Facebook statuses to my son as part of my stay in school campaign.
The most expensive place in the world to save money is COSTCO. I cannot escape that place without buying mass quantities of things I will never fully consume.
I think gently placing your finger on someone’s lips and saying softly, “Shh, not another word,” is super romantic....However, the police officer didn't agree.
Hopefully, the above stabs at humor made you laugh.
As a humorous motivational speaker I am required to remind you that if you laughed, you simultaneously decreased stress levels, boosted your immunity, boosted human growth hormones and decreased blood pressure (among other positive benefits).
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The holidays can wind you up and be a stressful time of year – it can take a lot of planning and running and doing to create spontaneous family fun! – so I would like to remind you of the need to decrease stress and lighten up.
In order to save yourself and stop irritating others this holiday season, remember that the ability to stand back and laugh at yourself is the quickest ways of staying realistic, balancing perspective, and renewing rapport with others. Laughing at your problems does not minimize their importance, but laughing at your problems is an invaluable coping lifeline.
Laughter therapy is simply opening up to the healing powers of the body to help deal with painful emotions. Because you have to feel your emotions in order to heal, your healing can begin with laughter.
Being able to laugh at yourself implies that you are not wrapped up in stress or your stress response, and that you can exercise a realistic point of view. When you are stuck in only your immediate perception, you have limited choice.
You cannot think and laugh at the same time. Laughing is a distraction that allows a welcome way to refocus. Laughing creates a multitude of changes: your muscles lose their tension, your body shakes and you create new connections in your brain so that you can perceive situations differently.
It is also now believed that humor played a key role in the development of human beings as the species that we are today - good and bad! Future human evolution may be linked to our ability to keep laughing.
The brain is amused when it experiences something surprising, and humor is based on the unexpected. Given this, life and stressful situations are naturally full of humor.
Humor is a fast track to rapport, to influence, and to change. Everyone has a unique sense of humor and we are usually unaware of how significant a role it plays in everyday life and work. Humor is rarely taught in the halls of persuasion, negotiation, coaching and leadership. Humor is so vital to our physical, emotional and mental health, yet we often overlook it as something worthy of study and attention.
Tips to Add Levity During the Holidays:
Do one caring and light-hearted thing each day . . . .
Count the number of times you laugh every day. Make it a competition and try to raise that number . . . .
Give your family the gift of doing chores around the house . . . .
Go caroling at the mall, even if they don't ask you to (because they likely won't) . . . .
While you are at the mall, sit on Santa's lap; make sure to get photos and put them on Facebook . . . .
Hand out candy canes at work . . . .
Make humorous holiday gifts or ornaments . . . .
Research funny holiday games to play with others . . . .
Turn your Christmas shopping into a scavenger hunt . . . .
Hold a gift wrapping party and bribe others to wrap your gifts . . . .
Think of the most ridiculous gift you could give someone - but only give it if they won't be offended or kill you . . . .
List the positive things that happen in your day and share your list with others . . . .
Be playful in your interactions with others . . . .
Explore the humor in your serious situations and share it with someone . . . .
Look for the absurdity in your life. It’s there . . . .
Start your day by laughing for no reason at all . . . .
And accept my personal best wishes for a happy, joy-filled holiday season and a new year filled with love and laughter! Now – pass it on!