Mindful Spotlight

April - Humor

Laughter has been shown to benefit your circulation, lungs and muscles (especially those around the belly area). A sense of humor is a release to help you relieve tension, relax, connect, bond, and improve your relationships. When you learn how to separate "who you are" from "what you do," you can find humor and laughter without damaging your self esteem. People with a sense of humor tend to receive positive attention and admiration. Your ability to create and appreciate humor also influences who you find yourself surrounding by. Think about it.....

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."

    ~ Mark Twain

  • "I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it."

    ~ Frank A. Clark

  • “Humor can alter any situation and help us cope at the very instant we are laughing.”

    ~ Allen Klein

  • "When humor goes, there goes civilization.”

    ~ Erma Bombeck

  • "If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor."

    ~ Jennifer Jones

  • "Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival."

    ~ Aung San Suu Kyi

  • "You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance."

    ~ W. Somerset Maugham

  • "Humour is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them."

    ~ Simon Wiesenthal

  • "The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed."

    ~ Bennett Cerf

  • "Humor does not diminish the pain - it makes the space around it get bigger."

    ~ Allen Klein


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Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why by Scott Weems

In this fascinating investigation into the science of humor and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what’s happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter. While we typically think of humor in terms of jokes or comic timing, in Ha! Weems proposes a provocative new model. Humor arises from inner conflict in the brain, he argues, and is part of a larger desire to comprehend a complex world.

The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny by Peter McGraw & Joel Warner

Dr. Peter McGraw, founder of the Humor Research Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, teamed up with journalist Joel Warner on a far-reaching search for the secret behind humor. Their journey spanned the globe, from New York to Japan, from Palestine to the Amazon. Meanwhile, the duo conducted their own humor experiments along the way—to wince-worthy, hilarious, and illuminating results.

Humor, Play and Laughter: Stress-Proofing Life With Your Kids by Joseph Michelli Ph.D.

Parenting does not have to be a stressful experience. In fact, parents who lighten up and laugh with their families can be more productive by using humor to ease conflict, deflect hostility, and create a feeling of well-being in the household. Readers will benefit from the author's many everyday examples of how a humorous approach can greatly improve family life.

Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen

Have you ever stepped back to watch what really goes on when your children play? As psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen points out, play is children’s way of exploring the world, communicating deep feelings, getting close to those they care about, working through stressful situations, and simply blowing off steam. That’s why “playful parenting” is so important and so successful in building strong, close bonds between parents and children.

Laughter Therapy: How to Laugh About Everything in Your Life That Isn't Really Funny by Annette Goodheart

Laughter Therapy is a two-part book. Part one is a theoretical framework for understanding laughter and other forms of catharsis. Included are case studies and examples of laughter. Part one and two are liberally sprinkled with appropriate quotes. Part two contains 25 ways to help yourself laugh and how to relearn to laugh without ridicule in order to maximize healing and connection with ourselves, each other and the universe.

The Courage to Laugh by Allen Klein

With heartening and amusing examples from a world in which many think there is no laughter, Allen Klein augments the truth of Shaw's insightfulness. Illustrating the inherent importance of the ability to laugh, Klein gives readers the power to face the end of life with dignity and compassion. With poignant wisdom from children, parents, doctors, and nurses, combined with the spirited writing of the author, The Courage to Laugh is a lifesaving tool for everyone experiencing a serious illness and for the people who care for them.

Laffirmations: 1001 Ways to Add Humor to Your Life and Work by Joel Goodman

Joel Goodman brings you 52 weeks of ideas to strengthen your sense of humor. Each month starts with a humorous insight from Ziggy . The remaining days include quotes and questions, along with practical tips designed to make you smile. Quotes come from legendary greats--Bill Cosby, Goldie Hawn, Jerry Seinfeld and many, many more!


Laughter Therapy: Health Benefits of Laughter

Laughing for Better Health P.S.A

Laughing brains - Professor Sophie Scott | The Royal Society

Mini-lecture: The neuroscience of laughter (UCL)

TEDxBoulder - Peter McGraw - What Makes Things Funny