Fall In Love With Your Future 11.0: Laugh Often
Fall In Love With Your Future 11.0
The Reader’s Digest has been suggesting it for years: laughter can be good medicine. Dr. Lee Berk of Loma Linda University Medical School found that laughter actually boosts human immunity to ward off stress-related illnesses.
Using a catheter to draw blood from the arms of healthy men while they watched a funny video, Dr. Berk compared samples with blood drawn the next day. He found that laughter had activated T lymphocytes and natural killer cells that fight infection. As a result, some hospitals and clinics have opened “humor rooms” with funny posters, books, magazines, and with light-hearted TV programming running 24 hours a day.
Business consultants remind us that humor solidifies a group, if we don’t exclude or put others down with it. For a job that’s repetitive or boring, laughter can also improve productivity. And it’s a great way to neutralize emotionally charged events.
Laughter is helpful at home, too. In his book, Raising Responsible Kids, Jay Kesler, former President of Taylor University, shares the wisdom of using the light touch. When one of his children was going through a trial, Kesler would sometimes tell a funny story of himself in similar circumstances to give his teenager confidence that the problem was not unique and that things could eventually be resolved.
Laughter is pleasurable. It temporarily puts thoughts of anger and fear out of our minds, freeing us to be lighthearted, carefree, and hopeful.
If you want to fall in love with your future, try following the advice of Dr. Joel Goldman and put at least five good opportunities to laugh into each day.
“Humor lets off some of the steam in the pressure cooker of life.” Jay Kesler