Humor Your Stress

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Understanding the psychological and workplace benefits of laughter.

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Humor Your Stress

  1. 1. Humor Your Stress
  2. 2. Holy Bloopers• “Let us join David and Lisa in the celebration of their wedding and bring their happiness to a conclusion.”• “Thursday at 5pm there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All wishing to become Little Mothers please see the minister in his private study.”
  3. 3. Holy Bloopers• “The pastor will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing, ‘Break Forth Into Joy.’”• “The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind and they may be seen in the church basement Friday.”
  4. 4. Holy Bloopers• “Next Friday we will be serving hot gods for lunch.”• “The outreach committee has enlisted 25 visitors to make calls on people who are not afflicted with any church.”
  5. 5. Holy Bloopers• “The senior choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.”• “The minister unveiled the church’s new offering campaign slogan last Sunday, “I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.”
  6. 6. Did You Know?• The average pre-schooler laughs 400 times a day; by age 35 that drops to 15 times a day.• Every time you have a good laugh you burn up 3.5 calories
  7. 7. Physiological Benefits of Humor• Increases heart rate/circulation• Stimulates respiratory activity• Decreases blood pressure• Improves digestion• Secretes catecholamines (alertness hormones)• Secretes endorphins• Reduces stress hormones• Boosts the immune system
  8. 8. Physiological Benefits of Humor• Secretes catecholamines (alertness hormones)• Secretes endorphins• Reduces stress hormones• Boosts the immune system
  9. 9. Psychological Benefits of Humor• Express hostility/anger in acceptable ways• Decreases anxiety, tension and stress• Opens lines of communication• Keeps one alert and in the present moment
  10. 10. Psychological Benefits of Humor• Allows avoidance/distraction from crisis/issue at hand• Facilitates creativity/learning• Reframes situations (different perspective)• Provides balance in life
  11. 11. Workplace Benefits of Humor• Humor breaks up boredom and fatigue• Humor makes the workplace a desirable place to be• Helps bond co-workers together• Improves productivity (if you enjoy what you are doing, you do it better)• Previous slides - decreases tension, improves communication, promotes creativity
  12. 12. Ways to Increase Laughter In Your Life• Watch funny television shows/movies• Collect cartoons• Join e-mail joke services• Exaggerate your tough situations
  13. 13. Ways to Increase Laughter In Your Life• Make a point of getting those close to you to laugh each day• Laugh at yourself• Watch children play, talk• Props - bubbles, games, etc.
  14. 14. Humor In The Workplace• Stress ball (no throwing!)• Joke calendars• Humor Board• Name the office equipment and talk to it• Bubbles, toys, coloring books• Meetings - hats, sunglasses, silly putty• Start with a video or music
  15. 15. Humor In The Workplace - What Is OK?• Think of the message• Know your audience• Leave serious topics alone - anything that could be painful to someone• Be careful of politics• When in doubt, leave it out• Think “Seinfeld”, not “The Office”
  16. 16. FISH! (www.charthouse.com)• Be There• Play• Make Their Day• Choose Your Attitudehttp://www.charthouse.com/productdetail.aspx?nodei d=24103
  17. 17. “Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more toenlighten questions of politics, philosophy andliterature, than any number of dull arguments.”-Isaac Asimov

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