Humor As A Stress Reducer and Energizer

Work is often associated with stress, and we know that stress is one of the main causes of illness, absenteeism, and burnout. Humor is a great stress reliever because it makes us feel good, and we can’t feel good and feel stress simultaneously. At the moment we experience humor, feelings like depression, anger, and anxiety dissolve.

Humor and, its partner, laughter also reduce stress by activating the physiological systems including the muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, and skeletal. In fact, we may even lose muscle control, as many of us have, when we laugh so hard that we fall down or wet our pants. Laughter has been labeled a jogging and juggling of the internal organs. When we laugh we feel physically better, and after laughter we feel lighter and more relaxed.

In addition, humor provides a psychological stress reducer as it snaps our thinking to another channel. Norman Cousins called it trainwrecks of the mind. One of the characteristics of humor is that it involves incongruity. We find things humorous when they are incongruous or mismatched. Good jokes guide us down one path only to suddenly track us onto another. The tracking is what we call the punch line. As we are tracked over, our thinking shifts and, in fact, breaking the mind set of the thinking leads to increased creativity.

Consider the story of the midwestern farmer crossing Harvard square searching for the library. He approaches a stately looking gentleman, who happens to be a Harvard English professor, and he asks, “Excuse me sir. Can you tell me where the library is at?” The professor looks somewhat disdainfully and replies, “At Harvard we do not end sentences with prepositions.” After a pause the farmer turns back to the professor and asks, “Well then, can you tell me where the library is at…Asshole.” In this joke we are guided down one path and suddenly tracked over to another. The incongruity is what we experience as humorous.

We know that all good lecturers have many jokes, stories, and anecdotes that are shared in order to command attention and energize the audience. Humor wakes us up and increases our attending. An office bulletin board loaded with cartoons, one liners, jokes, pictures, etc. is one way to invite humor into the workplace. A few moments of humor at work can lead to increased productivity as the newly energized employee returns to his or her task.

If you are having a bad day and would like to brighten it up, all you might have to do is to read a joke a funny story. There are plenty of resources on the web, including humor blogs, Digg-Humor, Funny-Or-Die and Fun’N’Love.

Humor is a major career asset, so let’s be serious about humor and use humor to lighten our seriousness in the workplace. As we increase our personal humor quotient and spread our humor contagiously to others, we will begin to see the “lite” at the end of the tunnel.

Humorous Gifts, A Fun Way To Reduce Stress

Humorous Gifts, A Fun Way to reduce Stress

In the difficult times we live in you must find ways to deal with the stress of every day life. Stress affects the body in a number of ways and can cause premature ageing, hart and digestive problems. One of the simplest ways to combat stress is with humor. Many emergency room nurses say they find humor a great way to deal with the stress at their jobs. A good laugh will allow the body the chance to forget about the problems you may have and improve circulation with added oxygen and blood flow. It can just make you feel better.

One of the best ways to relieve stress is to watch good comedy. This is one reason comedy clubs are very busy during bad times. A visit to the comedy club can provide a pleasant escape from stress. Watch comedy online at sites like killer comedy on line which offer free comedy clips and video’s. There are a number of free comedy sites which are a great way to get a laugh.

A good practical joke or gag gift is another good stress reliever. There are all kinds of funny gifts available like the classic giant rubber chicken, whoopee cushion, trick candles, fake gum, dribble glasses and surprise nuts. You can trick a friend with fake parking tickets or fake lottery tickets. Funny tee shirts are always good for a laugh and so are some of the new calendars. Beer can wraps, butt face towels are fun and there are all kinds of potty gag gifts available.

Don’t forget the joke golf balls that can explode when hit or wobble balls that are impossible to putt. There are other gag gifts fro the golfer that do a number of things to bring laughs on the course. Don’t forget this year there is a bumper crop of political items that are good for a laugh.

These are just a few of the items available that can bring a good laugh to the home or office. This is a good time to lighten up a little, have a good laugh and share the laughter with your friends and family. It is a great way to relief stress and everyone will fell a little better.

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Humor Is a Good Thing

When we look at all the benefits of humor in our lives it is easy to see that it is a good thing. Science has discovered that it is healthy to laugh and have a sense of humor. We actually live longer in most cases.

We need to condition ourselves to laugh and see humor, because the world has conditioned us to be serious and negative. When we were small we were told not to laugh in school, in church, at the dinner table, in front of company and so on.

I was in the broadcast news business for years and as you know there is precious little to smile about in the news these days. The need for humor is everywhere.

I started looking for humor and guess what; I found it. Just look at the people around you, watch them and listen to them. Regardless of where you are from you’ll find something to chuckle about.

I live in a little town down south that is little more than a wide place in the road. And an old boy by the name of Cletus is our town entrepreneur, always looking for a way to make a fast buck.

Recently he took a CPR class and decided he was now qualified to give people medical advice, for a fee of course. So he set up his little office in back of the muffler shop and started charging people for his advice.

He said, “Why go to big city doctors when you can just come see me and save all that money. I’m cheaper and I can give you a discount on your muffler job!”

It wasn’t long, however, before people started catching on. He told one customer with a bad cough to take a half a box of Ex-Lax. “You’ll be afraid to cough!”

Another person with high blood pressure was told to cut himself and let it bleed for a few minutes. “It’s good for you and it’ll reduce the pressure in your veins. Of course, don’t forget to set the timer!”

Old Cletus is a few peas short of a casserole, but he’s always good for a laugh. And he’s always looking for ways to beat people out of their hard earned money.

We get a lot of Yankee tourists in our little town outside Nashville and Cletus decided one time that he had a sure fire way to pick up a few bucks. He put up a big sign that read, “Stop Here and See Where Elvis Is Buried!”

I said, “Cletus, Elvis is buried in Memphis!” He said, “He is not. He’s buried right out there behind the muffler shop and Yankees want to see it. He was in here having his muffler changed when he asked to use the bathroom and the next thing I know Elvis had left the building! Yes sir, Yankee money is good money!”

“And he’s buried out back you say?” I asked. “Yes sir, we didn’t make no big deal over it, we just buried him. Most people don’t know this story, but it’s time the Yankees knew the truth. And for a few more dollars I’ll show them his old muffler!”

Yes, life never gets dull around folks like Cletus. If nothing else he does cause us to laugh. Find the funny side of life wherever you are, and never underestimate the power of humor.

We need it. In fact we must have it to survive.

Mathematics and Humor – Paradoxical Bridge

Paradoxical Bridge

The issue regarding similarities between humor and mathematics has been examined by John Allen Paulos in his book “Mathematics and Humour” (1988). Both mathematics and humor are a sort of an intellectual game; in mathematics the accent falls on the logical side, in humor – on the funny side. Logic, patterns, formulas, structures – they are the essence of not just mathematics but also humor. In humor logic is reversed, patterns destroyed, formulas broken, and structure shaken. All these transformations are not, however, purely coincidental. The story takes the listener to a new level of sense and order, very different from the original one. Moreover, both mathematics and humor are simple and economical. The beauty of a mathematical proof depends to some degree on its level of concision and elegance. Similarly, a joke loses its strength when it’s long and heavy.

The bridge between humor and mathematics come from paradoxes and puzzles. They have a more intellectual character than a joke but a less serious tone than mathematics. For example:


Two trains, set apart from each other by a distance of 300 miles, begin to move towards each other alongside the same tracks. The first train goes at a speed of 100 miles per hour, whereas the second – 50 miles per hour. At the moment the trains begin to move a bird flying at the speed of 200 miles per hour takes off from the top of the first train and flies toward the other. Having reached its destination the bird turns around and flies back to the starting point and then repeats its flight between the two trains. How far will the bird fly before the trains collide?

If a person attempting to solve the puzzle focuses on the length of the flight alone, they will face the complex task of adding each consecutive path. However, if somebody realizes that the necessary time for the trains to meet is 2 hours (since the trains are approaching each other at the speed of 100 + 50 = 150 miles per hour), then they would immediately calculate that the bird will cover the distance of 2 x 200 = 400 miles.

Deduction and logic play an equally important role in mathematics and humor. Some rudimentary knowledge of logic is necessary to, for example, understand jokes build on syllogism. Very often jokes follow a structure that can be easily represented using logical deduction. For example: the teller of the joke says “In what model the axioms 1, 2, and 3 are true?”. Listener replies: “In model M”. The teller retorts: “Not at all! It’s model N”.

This is a common structure for many humorous puzzles.

Wedding Humor

If there is one thing that is going to lift a wedding speech from the very depths despair, it has to be some patented wedding humor. Weddings are great places to find all sorts of humor and jokes running amok and if you naturally have a funny bone in your body, you would do well to let it loose, especially if you are deep in the throes of writing a speech.

Wedding humor is also great in that, applied generously and appropriately it can breathe life to just about anything that you say. Of course, wedding humor is also a double edged sword. You will need to keep it as clean as possible to account for any children and people with easily offended sensibilities who are listening in, and who might be lurking in the audience.

If you have rowdy or bawdy jokes which are best left in the locker room, leave it for a more appropriate time, and for a group of people who would definitely appreciate those sentiments. Another thing that makes wedding humor a double edged sword is the very nature of the humor itself. Your humor and jokes might be great, but have you ever heard of such a thing as, too much of a good thing?

Yes, there are limits to humor as well, and if you are slated to give a wedding speech, using the clichéd, and non-clichéd, bits of wedding humor can be a great thing and can keep your audience awake for the entire time. But remember to only give a veritable dusting of humor, sort of like the icing on a cake.

Wedding humor can also be a great way to break the ice when you’re placed next to someone you’ve never met before, at dinner. Just remember the punch lines, remember to make it funny and most of all remember to whom it is you’re talking, and about what you’re joking.

If you’re not someone who is comfortable with using humor, and you have trouble delivering a punch line with the appropriate panache, then use it as sparingly as possible. Even wedding humor and jokes can go awry if not delivered in the manner that it needs to be.

That said, if you can bring yourself to deliver even gentle lines of wedding humor, you will find your speech taking off, your conversation skyrocketing and your outlook on life become brighter. Just remember to have a smile on your face, and pretty soon without your even realizing it, it will become genuine and you will find it easier to laugh and make jokes.

Vintage Humor – Funny Then, Funny Now

Yes. It’s true. Humor in general does not age well. Most of the jokes and stories that made grandpa guffaw long ago, does not have the same effect on us today. But there are exceptions. And what exceptions they are!

Ambrose Bierce’s delightfully sardonic view of human nature, Oscar Levant’s biting witticisms, Will Rogers’ earthy anecdotes and folksy style, Mark Twain’s insightful satire and humor, Oscar Wilde’s mocking wit, and P. G. Wodehouse’s light hearted charm all in their own unique ways stand the test of time. Want proof? Okay, try reading these quotes without breaking into a smile.

“Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.” – Will Rogers

“When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do; well, that’s Memoirs.” – Will Rogers

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.” – Will Rogers

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” – Will Rogers

“He was a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity.” – Mark Twain

“Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.” – Mark Twain

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

“Familiarity breeds contempt – and children.” – Mark Twain

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” – Mark Twain

“Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.”
– Mark Twain

“Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?” – Mark Twain

“I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.” – Mark Twain

“I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.” – Mark Twain

“I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.” – Mark Twain

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.” – Mark Twain

“Lie: an abomination before the Lord and an ever present help in time of trouble.” – Mark Twain

“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” – Mark Twain

“The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.” – Mark Twain

“There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.” – Mark Twain

“To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler–and less trouble.” – Mark Twain

“As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.” – Oscar Wilde

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.” – Oscar Wilde

“I can resist everything except temptation.” – Oscar Wilde

“Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Absurdity: a statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one’s own opinion.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Bigot: One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Bore: a person who talks when you wish him to listen.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Callous: gifted with great fortitude to bear the evils afflicting another.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth – two removed from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Coward: one who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Egotist: a person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Fork: an instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Future: that period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true, and our happiness is assured.” – Ambrose Bierce

“History: an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Mad: affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Neighbor: One whom we are commanded to love as ourselves, and who does all he knows how to make us disobedient.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Philosophy: route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Positive: being mistaken at the top of one’s voice.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Saint: a dead sinner revised and edited.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Zeal: a certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced.” – Ambrose Bierce

“I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.” – Oscar Levant

“What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.” – Oscar Levant

“I was once thrown out of a mental hospital for depressing the other patients.” – Oscar Levant

“Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror.” – P. G. Wodehouse

“It was a confusion of ideas between him and one of the lions he was hunting in Kenya that had caused A. B. Spottsworth to make the obituary column. He thought the lion was dead, and the lion thought it wasn’t.” – P. G. Wodehouse

“And as for Gussie Fink-Nottle, many an experienced undertaker would have been deceived by his appearance
and started embalming him on sight.” – P. G. Wodehouse

“Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done with, for when it comes in middle life it is apt to be serious.” – P. G. Wodehouse

“I mean to say, when a girl, offered a good man’s heart, laughs like a bursting paper bag and tells him not to be a silly ass, the good man is entitled, I think, to assume that the whole thing is off.” – P. G. Wodehouse

Want more? A collection of these vintage quotations can be found in my new book: Victoria Station: Wit & Wisdom of the Ages.

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