One strategy that I enjoy using in coaching is to find the trigger that will make individuals laugh; you know, that belly shaking, laugh out loud, loose my breath, gas passing kind of laughter. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh–or even simply a smile–can go a long way toward making you feel better. Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope.
With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.
Laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the body. It triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed long after the laughter subsides. Laughter boosts the immune system by decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss. Some events are clearly sad and not occasions for laughter. We all need to cry to mourn losses and hurts. I have attended a fair share of funerals and know that once the somber, reflective ceremony is done and people gather together for food, beverages and companionship that laughter kick starts the healing process. Laughter unites people during difficult times.
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 and play also adds joy, vitality, and resilience. Humor is a powerful and effective way to heal resentments, disagreements, and hurts.
Laughter is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Even if you did not grow up in a household where laughter was a common sound, you can learn to laugh at any stage of life.
I do not have the same skills as some of the great comedians of our time. If I had a funny youtube video of my own hilarious skit I would share it with you. Since I do not have such talents, I will share with you a really funny take on coaching done as a Saturday Night skit by Bob Newhart. I hope you laugh out loud as much as I have watching this clip.
Enjoy and feel free to send me your funny, laugh out loud methods!