Finding Humor During Stress Helps Us Physically and Mentally
Studies have shown that experiencing humor during stress is important and helpful. Research suggests that exposure to funny stimuli may help people persevere in completing arduous tasks. Could there be a more pressing time or greater need for humor than in the midst of this Coronavirus pandemic?
As you can see, this blog is typically dedicated to issues of retirement. However, adjusting to quarantine and “social distancing” present similar challenges for everyone—retired or not. The need for humor is universal in most every circumstance. Consequently, I hope even young singles and families will come to value laughter in these difficult times.
April is Humor Month
Did you know that April is designated Humor Month by the “powers-that-be” for naming months? I often wondered who got to decide what each month should be labeled. However, unable to find an exact answer, I did find a site that clearly designates April as Humor Month. It also has names for the other 11 months, but let’s look at April and its appropriateness for the moment.
For many dealing with complications from quarantine, illness, home schooling or unemployment, there seems no reason for humor. Still, we all can help by reaching out to bring laughter into their lives. Often just a simple act of kindness or comedy helps people get through their day. It can be as quick as reaching out to strangers as you pass one another. A genuine, happy comment from six feet away could brighten both of your days. In another situation, you might offer to drop off medicine or food for those who cannot leave their homes even for emergencies.
Why Bother With Humor During Stress?
Research has proven that laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. It strengthens our immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain and protects from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring one’s mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens burdens, inspires hope and connects us to others. It also keeps us grounded, focused, and alert while helping to release anger and forgive sooner.
Where To Find Humor During Stress
This blog, previously offered on Survive Your Husband’s Retirement, may help clarify some of your stay-at-home issues.
I would also like to mention that, until April 20, 2020, the E-book Survive Your Husband’s Retirement, is available for free on Smashwords. This book and more by other writers are gifts to ease the pain of quarantine. Check it out, you may find more books to your liking.
Smile, you’ll look ten years younger