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EXP - Humourous Times leading to Momentous Times. Hans Schwedler

Too many people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they are 75. This is an interesting thought
as many people can’t see the funny things in life. Instead of living life like it’s your last day,
try to live life like it’s EVERYONE ELSE’S last day, so enjoy life’s humorous situations.
Why would we want to reflect on humorous and momentous Times in Your Life
The ability to laugh, play, and have fun with others not only makes life more enjoyable but
also helps you solve problems, connect with others, and be more creative. People who
incorporate humour and play into their daily lives find that it renews them and all of their
relationships.

Life brings challenges that can either get the best of you or become playthings for your
imagination. When you “become the problem” and take yourself too seriously, it can be hard
to think outside the box and find new solutions. If you play with the problem, you can often
transform it into an opportunity for creative learning.
Playing with problems seems to come naturally to children. When they are confused or
afraid, they make their problems into a game, giving them a sense of control and an
opportunity to experiment with new solutions. Interacting with others in playful ways helps
you retain this creative ability.

    Laughter makes you feel good. The good feeling that you get when you laugh remains with
    you even after the laughter subsides. Humour helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook
    through difficult situations, disappointments and loss.
    More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives you the courage and strength to
    find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh, or even
    simply a smile, can go a long way toward making you feel better. And laughter really is
    contagious, just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in the
    fun.

        There’s a good reason why TV sitcoms use canned laughter, as laughter is contagious. You’re
        many times more likely to laugh around other people than when you’re alone. The more
        laughter you bring into your own life, the happier you and those around you will feel.
        Sharing humour is half the fun, in fact, most laughter doesn’t come from hearing jokes, but
        rather simply from spending time with friends and family. And it’s this social aspect that
        plays such an important role in the health benefits of laughter. You can’t enjoy a laugh with
        other people unless you take the time to really engage with them. When you care about
        someone enough to switch off your phone and really connect face to face, you’re engaging in
        a process that rebalances the nervous system and puts the brakes on defensive stress
        responses like “fight or flight.” If you share a laugh as well, you’ll both feel happier, more
        positive and more relaxed, even if you’re unable to alter the stressful situation itself.
        How laughing together can strengthen relationships as relationships are the core of our
        society as we are all tribal and like belonging. Shared laughter is one of the most effective
        tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting. All emotional sharing builds strong and
        lasting relationship bonds, but sharing laughter also adds joy, vitality and resilience. Humour
        is a powerful and effective way to heal resentments, disagreements and hurts. Laughter unites
        people during difficult times.

              Humour and playful communication strengthen our relationships by triggering positive
              feelings and fostering emotional connection. When we laugh with one another, a positive
              bond is created. This bond acts as a strong buffer against stress, disagreements and
              disappointment. Using humour and laughter in relationships allows you to remember funny
              things that happen, not to dwell on the negative and find your inner child. 
              How You Can Expand Your Sense of Humour, look for everyday humour. Start looking for
              the absurd, silly activities that go on around you each day and humorous situations.

              Some examples are :

                      Remind yourself to have fun

                      Being mindful to lighten up and see the funny side of things in life even if they are embarrassing

                      Bring the inner child out of yourself when it’s appropriate, like remembering the funny things in your childhood with friends and siblings

                      Smile more often and see the rewards you will receive. As they say a smile is a laugh in disguise.

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