April brings us April Fool’s Day, when pranksters, jokesters and clowns really come out of the woodwork. Is it because April is that transition time from winter into spring? Certainly most of us out here are ready to welcome back sunshine and warmth after such a crazy winter. April, you deserve to be recognized as Humor Month!
Driving across our beautiful country, we drivers experience stressful situations. One of the biggest is being away from our families. Others include traffic congestion and those “four-wheel-drivers” who seem to have gotten their driver’s licenses from a cereal box. The list goes on! Does it ever end? The answer is no. As long as you keep looking for something stressful, you’ll find it. But by doing that on a daily basis, you’re doing yourself nothing but harm — and not solving any problems.
Instead of worrying or having negative thoughts, try having yourself a laugh. It’s free and all it takes is a smile. Go ahead, try it. It wasn’t that hard, was it? Smiling literally does your heart, body and mind tremendous good.
A recent study conducted by the University of Maryland compared responses to humor from 300 people. About 40 percent had suffered a heart attack or undergone a coronary bypass surgery. That group was found to be less likely to laugh in many different situations. The other half, with positive humor responses, suffered no heart health issues at all. There are several studies like these, all with the same conclusion: humor can be a key to wellness.
Scientific evidence indicates the brain releases certain chemicals after a good laugh, which creates a lasting euphoria. Humor is also what any effective family, church, business, organization or political leader uses in order to “break the ice.” It’s what makes people bond and relationships grow. Laughter and smiling are innate for human beings, and they show us some of the first emotions expressed by babies as they develop.
How often do you find yourself behind the steering wheel chuckling at something funny you’ve heard or seen? Think about it. When was the last time? Remember, it’s free and all it takes is a smile. Laugh, smile, than laugh again! Be amused and be amusing! Keep doing this more often and you’ll be amazed at how many of your concerns will vanish.
Enjoy your day everyone!