How important is attitude? Attitude is like the banks of the river that determines the direction of how the water will flow.
How important is humor? Humor is one of the key foundations of our attitude, and therefore, of how we approach life. Just like the banks of the river, it shapes our life and generates energy. It helps reframe many of our fears into mere superstitions that are unnecessary.
On a personal level, humor becomes magnetic, drawing others to you. I’m not talking about being a standup comedian. If that’s your gift then please use it. My point is to simply ask yourself this question: “Is there something about me that is light, fun, and humorous? Or am I overly serious, looking for the next crisis that will unfold?” There’s no downtime. Often there is an infusion of anxiety into their interactions with others.
NEWS FLASH! Those around us are attracted to light-heartedness. They are repelled by those who produce a heavy load when they show up. We are all a little like elevators. We are either lifting people up or taking people down.
Humor is the best medicine on earth—and you don’t need a prescription!
Humor helps create a happy heart — and you can’t overmedicate!
What are some of the side effects of humor? Here is what science says. It…….
- Boosts our immune system
- Diffuses conflict
- Gives perspective to our fears
- Elevates our moods
- Increases resilience
- Improves our relationships
- Promotes teamwork
- Relieves stress
- Reduces pain
- Unleashes creativity
During times of great crisis humor has provided measurable relief from stressful situations. In order to keep living it is necessary to keep laughing.
In the workplace, when you compare the businesses that are listed as “The best businesses to work for”, one common denominator is “a fun environment.” In other words, humor is a part of their corporate culture. Southwest Airlines has humor as one of their drivers of good cooperate citizenship. There are Fun Coaches scattered throughout their organization—and it’s encouraged by those in leadership!
“Through humor you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” Bill Cosby
Cosby is echoing the words from ancient wisdom literature:
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
You can almost feel those words.
So if you find yourself being overly serious or a little too heavy all the time, take off that cloak and enjoy the beauty around you. Enjoy the lighter side. It’s there. If you wait until everything is under control, you’ll be waiting a long long time.
Humor is to your life what shock absorbers are to your automobile. It has a smoothing effect on your life. It creates a more pleasant and positive environment at home, at work, and with your close friends.
And remember—if you can’t laugh at yourself, you, and those around you, may be missing out on some great fun! 🙂
How do you view humor? Leave us a comment. We’d love to hear from you.
Mike – I’ve posted excerpts of your “Green And Growing Or Ripe And Rotting” on my Facebook page. I hope I have not offended you and you will graciously give me the permission post humously. I was very impressed with the article and cut it out and saved it. I think I have given you proper credit and believe you wouldn’t mind it being shared further.
Ken. Thanks for your comments. I appreciate you taking the time to make this request and applaud your efforts in making a difference in the lives of others.