Focusing on humor is essential for caregivers, on the job and in personal lives. To focus on humor is to see the light in a situation no matter how grim. “Laugh as much as possible, always laugh. It’s the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one’s fellow human beings.” – Maya Angelo
With April fools as the first day of April let it set the tone for your month. Having fun with your loved ones and with your work makes it an enjoyable time for everyone. Laughter is a great tension and stress reliever as well as it helps with depression.
While caring for another can be a taxing task finding the joke in the midst of the trying circumstances can be a great way to alleviate pain, both physically and mentally. When your down or whom you’re caring for is, finding a moment to tell a joke whether it is about the moment or an original “knock, knock” joke can make the bleak seem a whole lot less.
For the times you don’t know what to say and you notice someone is sun downing or you need to shed light on a situation make what is happening a humorous time to help with any insecurities that person is experiencing. Studies show that laughing helps people feel like they are in control of a situation, the endorphin’s your brain gives off when you laugh sets a chemical reaction off throughout your body and helps ease the stresses of the moment.
Although your day and life has its ups and downs remember to stop and laugh little, after all it is good for you. “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter” E. E. Cummings.