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Even Sigmund Freud, famous psychiatrist, was a proponent of humor. His basic concept was that joking relieves repressed impulses and anxieties, and that laughter converts unpleasant feelings to pleasant ones.
Gene Perret, who wrote extensively for Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Carol Burnett and many others, said "Humor is not a condiment; it a main course. It's not a trinket; it's a gem. It doesn't need justification; it's essential".
Have you ever heard of PHUFS. It's an acronym for five points outlined in book, Laughter and Liberation, by Dr. Harvey Mindess. Here's a brief recap. * Playfulness allows you to be lessen grip that having too much seriousness can have on you (such as narrowing your perspective). Instead know that it's okay to let go of your normal routines now and again to be whimsical and imaginative. * Humility is being humble in mind or spirit. However, recognize that there's no need to make things look or sound more difficult than they are - look for crazy or absurd side to balance out serious side.
* Unconventionality lets you be less ordinary and more original in thought and deed. You are willing to accept unexpected occurrences as a bonus for they can heighten your awareness level when you allow them to enter your base of experiences. * Flexibility reduces stiffness or rigidity in thinking patterns which helps you adjust more easily to change. You want to ask questions of who, what, when, why, where, when, and how so that you don't fall into trap of accepting and taking things for granted.. * Spontaneity supports idea of expressing your natural feelings and impulses without giving into restraints you might otherwise pay heed to. A mind leap that brings about a connection between what is and what could be might even occur.
All in all, mirthfulness can have a very positive effect on your mind and body. It's difficult to remain angry, hurt, frustrated or depressed when exposed to something that tickles your funny bone. When you are having a good time you feel more hopeful, excited and vigorous. Your attitude affects your body and vice versa. Humor can help you attain a more positive balance psychologically and physiologically. Encourage laughter in your life and reap benefits.
How healthy it is to set child within us free to giggle, sing, or dance a silly jig. Let this article be a reminder of how important it is to break free of convention from time to time and let loose your normal grown-up restrictions about playfulness. Abandon your inhibitions for more than a moment or two. Revel in it. A healthy personality has a measure of unpredictability. Daily living ought to be spiced with playfulness as it makes everything you think and do a bit more delicious. Go ahead - smile right now (it does keep others guessing what you're thinking about!).
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