The turmoil of everyday life can take a toll on us both physically and emotionally. No wonder we snap at the cashier in the grocery store or feel a compelling urge to ram our cars into the jerk that cut us off on the highway. - well at least I know I do. ;p
Even minor problems become amplified - at times many folds. Not doing anything about it may escalate the prblem and we may grow angrier by the day. I certainly don't imagine myself as the grouchy old woman "who lives down the lane?!"...LOL
So what’s the solution? Learn to laugh more. Seriously. Laughter is a proven antidote to stress hormones and it can help make the most difficult situations feel a little more tolerable.
Pamela Aye Simon, a Masters Level Registered Dietitian, Lifestyle Coach and author of the newly released “Book of Blah: Random Thoughts for Boring Days” (Warren Publishing, Inc) believes that most us need a refresher course to regain our sense of humor. “I see so many people who are stressed out and find themselves going berserk over minor issues,” says Simon. “We need to learn to take a deep breath, assess the situation and then laugh at the inane nature of it all. Life feels softer if you can see the humorous story behind your frustrations. Laughing may not make the problem itself disappear but it sure helps makes things seem better.”
According to studies, laughter has many benefits. It increases the body’s ability to use oxygen. It also lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones and even boosts the immune system, making it a key weapon to combat the ravages of stress.
That all-natural stress relief is one of the primary reasons Simon strives to find humor in things that many people find frustrating—menopause for example. “Let’s be real; menopause is a fact of life for women, we can’t avoid it,” says Simon. “Instead of getting angry about it or complaining I look at the advantages. Thanks to my hot flashes, I can save a LOT of money on winter clothing!”
“I have definitely learned to lighten up and laugh at family dynamics,” says Simon. “I like to sit back and observe the members of my family—dysfunctional behaviors come so naturally to us that we make unhealthy interactions look easy. It’d be a shame to wreck the fun by getting help! Seriously, learning to accept the reality of our families and see the humor of our foibles and flaws is often the best way to deal with it because we can’t change other people. But we can change our approach and learn to laugh more.”
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