Mental Health Tip of the Day:
Have a Good Laugh!
I recently saw Kathy Griffin perform her unique, snarky brand of stand up comedy. I had a great time with my friends and laughed outrageously for about ninety straight minutes. The whole experience reminded me of that old adage about laughter being the best medicine.
Humor may not actually cure your problem, but laughing is very gratifying. When you actually think about it, laughter is both an emotional and cognitive intervention. It makes you instantly feel better and may challenges your perspective. Recognizing the absurdity of a dilemma, the inherent dark humor of a catastrophe, or the irony of a situation—are important tools helps us cope with life’s challenges.
Laughing with others is particularly rewarding because it connects us to a shared sensibility. It creates intimacy and even reminds us of the spirit of being in “it” (life) together. How about consciously bringing more humor and lightness into your day? Maybe plan a night out to a comedy club with friends or step up to the mike yourself. A fun, free stress reliever that increases intimacy…what could be better?