Hello, my name is Marianna and I am not a comedian. I've come to terms with this. Every comedian needs an audience and that's a role I can perform. So, we're left with a question - if a comedian cracks a joke and no one is there to hear it, is it still funny?
Stress can break your funny bone. Life - and you - become heavily weighted with seriousness. Add in a chronic illness, some, or a lot of pain, and your sense of humour rapidly evaporates. The good news is that bones mend.
Many studies are now proving the value of smiling and laughter. Not only do you breathe deeper when you laugh, providing each cell with oxygen, but the positive emotions you feel can undress your stress. Signals are constantly being sent to the brain from the heart, based upon how you think and feel. Positive thoughts and emotions release a different set of chemicals than do negative ones. Learning to use the power of your heart, can make you feel more light-hearted. It becomes easier to smile and laugh and to find the humour in situations.
On Auntie Stress Café, I regularly write a post called Mirthful Monday. These are things that put a smile on my face or make me laugh. This week, I posted a TED talk which explains my rationale for Mirthful Monday.
What are some of the things that put a smile on your face? What makes you laugh so hard that the tears roll down your cheeks? Create a list that you can pull out when times get tough.
Here's something to get you going. Be sure to stick it out until the third person comes on - you are not going to believe his laugh!!
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