Monday, January 31, 2011

Humor is nothing to laugh at!

                           Planet Psych

                                                         Bulletin: New cure for depression?

Laughter seems to have a curative effect on all forms of illness and disturbance. It is being used to help patients with problems as diverse as depression, high blood pressure and cancer. It is hypothesized that laughter stimulates the immune system. Psychotherapists have begun incorporating humor in the treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

Cognitive Effects of Humor

When we are open to humor, we seem to change our mind set from a serious, rational and objective view of reality to a more playful and creative one. Instead of seeing one view of things we are willing to turn things around and upside-down to see other perspectives. We are able to see that no matter how serious things seem, there is always another view. This more flexible way of thinking gives us relief from our cognitive "ruts" and stereotyped negative thinking.

Emotional Effects of Humor

Humor is associated with pleasurable emotions such as joy, lightheartedness and playfulness. We feel like children again when we laugh. We become more spontaneous, open and less defensive. The unpleasant emotions of anger, sadness and anxiety are incompatible with this spirit of playfulness and we are released from their grip when we enter our fun zone.

Biological Effects of Humor

Humor seems to interrupt the stress response and the arousal pattern of the autonomic nervous system. Laughter opens up breathing, stimulates the immune system and increases tolerance to pain. The result is a decrease in stress hormones and an increase in healthy antibodies. Laughter is indeed the best medicine.

Get Funny

Open yourself to humor. Adopt the funny life style and share it with others. Read and tell jokes. Watch humorous movies and television. Stimulate your amuse system. Get serious about humor.

To learn how to use humor to reduce stress, read Loretta Laroche's book, Relax-You May Have Only a Few Minutes Left : Using the Power of Humor to Overcome Stress in Your Life and Work.

I found this and wanted to share it with you. I hope by posting this on my blog I have not broken a blog law or some such thing. If I have please let me know.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Waxing Philosophical

 I have realized something and wanted to share it with you.
It has been said that music can soothe a savage breast...or beast,
Actually, I prefer a breast to a beast but then who doesn't?  I don't know but, that's not the point.
My family has recently had something happen that shook  us to the core and has changed
 our view (okay, my view) of life and people in general!
 I actually thought of dropping my cartoons and shutting down my blog.
I did not see how I could laugh or help others to laugh
 or find humor in anything, when such terrible things can happen.
I'm glad I didn't because humor can help in so many ways I never thought of!
I found that it is impossible (at least for me) to be angry when I am laughing.
Sadness disappears as does depression and anxiety!
All without drugs!!
Laughter is, for me, the "cure all" for whatever ails me!
And it doesn't have to be a laugh!
 Even a smile can help!
God's gift to Man!
The neatest thing for me is the fact that it takes less muscles to smile than to frown!
It seems a person has to work harder to frown than smile.
No wonder I was always tired when I spent the day whining about some
 imagined slight I thought had happened.
It does work!
 Humor kept Abraham Lincoln sane
 during a period of time that would have destroyed other men!
Winston Churchill spent the bombing of England by the Nazis
watching Disney cartoons and Marx Brothers movies!
Comedies are shown in hospitals to patients with cancer and other
 deadly or crippling diseases,
 Veterans Hospitals as well are utilizing comedy as an aid to healing all sorts of illnesses.
So, boys and girls, the next time life gets you down
and you feel you can"t take anymore..
Trust me! It can't hurt.

Now that I am done waxing philosophical,
I will go and wax our car!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cartoon Reveals Unknown Fact!

The funny thing about the original version of this cartoon was
that my Dad wrote the punchline!
Up until that time, no one knew he had a sense of humor!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Dangers of Invention!

Somewhere inside my inner-vegetarian is weeping!

Salivating, but weeping!

Just noticed the poor quality of the reproduction.

Wanted to post something as it's been


Will rework it and repost asap.