From Business Psychology Associates
Humor has been associated with positive mental and physical states. The advantages of using humor to cope with stress have been widely studied, and it has been demonstrated that people who have a good sense of humor (and who laugh often) tend to cope better in difficult situations. Humor has also been associated with lower levels of depression and anxiety. Humor is also linked to better pain management and immune system functioning.
Despite the benefits of humor, some of us choose to suppress our laughter and face the day with grim resolve. Smile at the beginning of the day. Chuckle too. It can be the greatest self-fulfilling prophecy to declare each day a day of play and laughs.
Researchers say children laugh about 400 times per day; adults, perhaps 15 times per day.
We could all benefit from more laughter and we can to take the steps necessary for a more positive experience. Here are some suggestions:
Clearly, there are some problems that can’t be “laughed away.” Be patient and fill the spaces in-between with a laugh or two. If problems persist, assistance is available.
If you experience difficulty, you may consult your Employee Assistance Program by calling (800) 726-0003 or check the BPA Web site at: http://www.bpahealth.com/