Chapter 6
  1. Success Over Stress

164. Laugh Your Cares Away

Laughter’s medicinal powers have been recognized for centuries. The ancient Greeks believed laughter was an essential part of the healing process.  And studies now show that laughter can promote better blood circulation, stimulate digestion, lower blood pressure, and prompt the brain to release endorphins and other compounds that reduce pain. So don’t be surprised if some day you hear your doctor say, “Take two aspirins and call me with a joke in the morning.”

To get your healthful daily ration of giggles and guffaws:

  1. Pretend you’re viewing your surroundings through the lens of “Candid Camera.” Focus on silly and offbeat things people do. This helps you lighten up and brightens your outlook.

  2. Take some time each day to read or listen to something funny—the comics or a taped comedian, for example.

  3. Don’t just smile—laugh out loud.

  4. When confronted by a rude salesperson or an overbearing co-worker, imagine them wearing nothing but a diaper—they’ll seem less intimidating.

  5. Try to incorporate good-natured humor in meetings, memos, and conversations. Humor helps to develop trust, sell ideas, and strengthen relationships.

  6. Always keep humor upbeat and positive. Laughter generated at someone else’s expense is counterproductive.

  7. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.

  8. And remember, he (or she) who laughs, lasts.