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5 Humor Strategies

In the “America Fitness” article I quoted yesterday, I found a list of humor strategies by Joyce Saltman, a Gestalt therapist from Southern Connecticut State University, who believes laughter is a prescription for survival. Here are some of her recommendations on how to find laughter everyday.

1. Have a place devoted to humor. Designate a section at work as a place for a new joke of the day, everyday.
2. Surround yourself with positive people. Avoid people who are constantly negative. They can diminish positive energy.
3. Buy clothes that make you smile.Wear the brightest clothes you can find to brighten your day and others around you.
4. Have a VCR readily available. Make tapes of the funniest TV shows you can find. When you or a friend need a pick-me-up, play them.
5. Make a list of 20 things to do in a day that make you happy. Every couple of months, update this list and make an effort to do at least 10 of these items each day.

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  • Larry Parker

    What about the coping mechanism humor of sarcasm?
    It could be argued that that’s a negative, but according to a New York Times article this week, sarcasm (or at least appreciating it) is absolutely critical to overall brain function (http://)

  • Michael C.

    Every day I look forward to getting my inspiration and laugh from BeliefNet. Some days I am so moved that I share it with the Membership if
    Thank you BeliefNet Staff for all that you do.
    Michael C.

  • Fe Soriano

    To all Staff of Beliefnet,
    Everyday of my life is one of my doing to read all your topics regarding Health and Soul inspirations and enlightenment. Keep up that holistic actions and inspiring many people in net. God bless you all!!

  • Jane

    Does that mean we are to abandon those among us at work who are being targeted or harassed, because they struggle and need a kind heart and attentive ear. I am one who has been struggling with discrimination at work (the personal losses I work to deal with outside of work) for 4 years. Those around me know it. Some people help me not only with a kind ear, but with appropriate humor and non-critical friendship. There are those who think I should pretend I am not suffering for their benefit. Please make it clear that one should avoid the gossips, the envious ones, and the mean spitited, not those who are targeted with bullying and discrimination. We should be brave enough to offer these folks our hand of friendship. I always have.

  • Seminarian

    For Seasonal Effective Disorder go to There is a great deal of information there as well as self assessments from Columbia University. There is information and strategies for using a light box. Additionally, consider purchasing a light timer to turn on your bedside lamp 1/2 to 3/4 an hour before your alarm goes off. The throry is that this will stop the body’s production of melatonin. This permits you to be ready to wake (even cheerfully and in the dark) when your alarm goes off.
    Be sure to work with your doctor or a psychologist or psychitrist who understands and advocates light therapy.

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