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September 14th, 2020 · No Comments


Habit of Mind 14:Finding Humor

“Willing to laugh appropriately; Look for the whimsical, absurd, ironic and unexpected in life; Laugh at myself when I can.”

-Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, 2000

 This is by far MEB’s favorite Habit of Mind -  LAUGH IT OFF – when you find yourself in a sticky situation, of course your mind goes into panic mode – well at least for most of us!

There is so much research behind the ” fight or flight ” reflex of the mind BUT the true winner is ” laugh or laugh” – in any situation laughing is healthy and finding positives are essential! Here is some information from Mayo Clinic about how HUMOR is beneficial to your health!

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress

Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:

  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

Here is a great TED TALK all about what laughter does for us :)


We have also included some images to help bring some humor to your day : )


Shoutout to Google for the Images, we do not own the rights to any of them :)

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