Humor-It can go long
One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the
dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother
has several strands of white
hair sticking out in contrast on her
brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, “Why are some
of your hairs white, Mom?” Her mother replied, “Well, every time
that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of
my hair turns white.”
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and
then said, “Momma, how come ALL of grandma’s hairs are white?”
The above story makes us laugh on the girl’s humor. Everybody loves to be humorous… But what is humor? Let us see it in more depth. Humor is a quality that makes something laughable or amusing. Humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide a
musement. The ability to be funny or to be amused by things that are funny is called humor.
The term Humor is derived from the Latin word ūmor, which means body fluid. People of all ages and cultures respond to humor. Most people are able to experience humor—be amused, smile or laugh at something funny—and thus are considered to have a sense of humor.
Humor can be used for bonding, releasing tension, attracting a mate, putting a rival in his place, or entertaining a child. One of the most popular beliefs regarding humor and laughter is that they are good for your health. There are many extraordinary claims regarding the health benefits associated with humor. Many people believe that humor and laughter can help you heal from almost any ailment from severe pain.
One of the best feelings in the world is the deep-rooted belly laugh. It can bring people together and establish amazing connections. Everything from a slight giggle to a side-splitting guffaw can change the temperature of a room from chilly unfamiliarity to a warm family-like atmosphere. A good laugh is a wonderful thing. It refreshes, relieves stress, generates positive emotions, promotes communication, strengthens group identity and cohesion, and benefits both the giver and receiver. In addition to these significant benefits, there is also evidence that laughter and humor promote good health.
A man walks into a bookstore. “Where’s the self-help section?” he asks the clerk. She shrugs and replies, “If I tell you, won’t that defeat the purpose?”
Humor is an integral part of our everyday interactions, whether we’re trying to navigate a bookstore, make conversation at our favorite coffee shop, or talking to a police officer for paying a fine. Humor is a form of exercise- a way of keeping the brain engaged. It turns out that humor is a form of mental exercise, and we benefit from it in the same way we benefit from a long run.
Comedy extends our mental stamina and improves our mental flexibility. Like exercise, humor helps to prepare the mind for stressful events. Having an active sense of humor helps us to get more from life, both cognitively and emotionally. It allows us to exercise our brains regularly, looking for unexpected and pleasing connections even in the face of difficulties or hardship. A good sense of humor, a positive attitude, and the support of friends and family might play a role, too. According to a recent study, in workplaces that encourage people to be themselves–that are less hierarchical and more innovative–people tend to be more open with their humor.
Humor has got many positive effects on human’s health and life.
Let us have a look on benefits of Humor:
- Reduced pain
- Reduced stress
- Increased creativity
- Improved problem-solving ability
- Enhanced memory (for humorous material)
- Increased friendliness and altruism
- Increased attractiveness to others
- Happier and close relationships
- Increased relaxation of muscles
Laughing out loud, being quietly amused, anticipating something funny and even forcing a smile or chuckle can all lead to increases in positive emotions and neutralize negative emotions, which can help keep us on the “upward spiral” to greater happiness.
( International Trainer, Motivator & Coach
Edexcel Level – 4 Btec Professional Award ( UK)
ITOL Diploma in Coaching Excellence (UK) )