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Find your Humor

October 27, 2010

As far back as I can remember our home was filled with laughter.  My brothers and I came up with unique games such as “ball in the hall”.  The objective was to catch the tennis ball before it rolled down the stairs.  A simple game, yet given we were supposed to be sound asleep, it was more complicated that you might think.  We had to be quiet and stifle our giggles, while still attempting to grab the ball as it came barreling down the hall. With the absence of iPods, the Wii, and the 1 hour of tv rule my parents enforced, we were creative kids and could always find ways to amuse ourselves.

Now as an adult, I try to find humor in the day-to-day stresses.

There was the time my son told us he put a rock up his nose.  He was 4 and just finished his last day of camp.  I peaked up his nostrils and chalked it up to a creative mind and a little white lie.  He continued to remark over the course of 7 days that there was a rock in his nose.  At swimming class he even told his instructor, who also peaked up his nose with curious eyes.  Finally, on day 10 as I was standing in line with both kids to get into the public pool, my son sneezed.  There right above his upper lip, stuck to a bunch of mucus was a rock the size of a jellybean!  I was in awe.  Mainly that it had been in there for so long and also that he had in fact told us the truth. Next time we’ll believe him!

Humor connects you with others

Using humor as a tool both personally and professionally is a great thing!  It breaks down the wall and allows relationships to build. Remember to use it appropriately and in good taste.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

The Benefits of Laughter (

Physical Health Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease
Mental Health Benefits: 

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience
Social Benefits: 

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding
2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2010 4:00 pm

    I agree. We can find humor over the little things in our day to day lives, makes us more relaxed especially in times when we’re busy that sometimes we forget to loosen up and take a break. Great sharing! Good thing the rock got out sooner cos it may have went in further which could have been more dangerous.

  2. October 29, 2010 12:07 am

    Hi Beth! I agree with you, humor is very important in life, and helps one get through bad times.

    It’s interesting that your son put a rock in his nose. One of my kids, years ago when she was about the same age, put what I can only imagine was a chicken bone in her nose. When and how she did it I have no clue to this day. We only noticed it when her breath started getting bad. The ER doctors had to go after it with a balloon type device. 🙂

    Take care!

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