National Humor Month

national humor month

 

Appropriately enough April Fool’s Day kicks off National Humor Month.  National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by comedian Larry Wilde, and in the words of their website, was created “as a means to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor,” and “to honor those who make us laugh, professionals and amateurs alike.”

 

Laughter has many health benefits, including:

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing stress hormones
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Pain reduction
  • Improving brain function
  • Improving respiration
  • Possible prevention of heart disease
  • Providing a workout for some muscles
  • Helping mental and emotional health

 

If you’re struggling with your sense of humor, here are some tips to help regain it:

  • Look for everyday humor, laugh at the little things around you
  • Look at what kids are laughing at and enjoying; try to see things from their point of view
  • Watch a stand-up comedian, or a funny movie or TV show
  • At meals with family members have each person share a funny moment from the day
  • Hang out with friends who are positive and make you laugh
  • Try to avoid negative people as much as possible
  • If someone makes you angry, try to respond with humor first
  • Try to avoid things that frighten, upset, or distress you
  • Remind yourself to have fun

 

For more information on National Humor Month and ways to bring more humor into your life, visit http://www.humormonth.com/index.html.