Humour: an Antidote for Stress – Part 1


Daily Life, Humour, Theoretics


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Humour is a quality of perception that enables us to experience joy even when faced with adversity. Stress is an adverse condition during which we may experience tension or fatigue, feel unpleasant emotions, and sometimes develop a sense of hopelessness or futility. Nurses work in stress-filled environments that place demands upon their physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.

Practise with a Smile


Healing, Humour, Laughter, Patients


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Humour is thought to serve a wide range of positive functions in health care. This includes providing comfort to patients and reducing anxiety in difficult situations, serving as a means of raising difficult topics that might otherwise be taboo, offering an outlet for negative emotions such as frustration and anger, enhancing working relationships by relieving interpersonal tension and challenging and maintaining the structure of professional relationships.

Stay Funny


Humour, Laughter, Way of Life


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Within scientific circles, humour is often treated as a “non-serious” topic. According to the article “The Importance of Humor Research” by Peter McGraw in Psychology Today, many scientists fear that their work would be disrespected if they dared to research the what, why, and how of humour. Yet, humour deserves much more reverence than professionals — other than professional comics — are willing to bestow upon it.

Humour: The hidden power


Healing, Humour, Laughter


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Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.” Despite the buffoonish imagery that comes to mind when one considers the joker, the clown or the pie-in-the-face comedian, humour is more than mere silliness. It is an advanced intellectual means of developing new perspectives and coping with extreme circumstances..

How to Be Naturally Funny


Daily Life, Humour, Jokes, Way of Life


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People who are naturally funny in social situations experience many benefits. Numerous studies have shown that humor reduces social anxiety, helps to ease tension, and has a number of positive emotional and psychological effects. In addition, it has been shown that funny people may be more successful. However, it is important that being funny comes across naturally in a laid-back and spontaneous fashion. Having humor come across as forced and awkward can have a negative impact upon social situations.

Humour Helped me Bounce Back


Daily Life, Humour, Laughter, Way of Life


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One of myy daughters told me this joke today. “Why did the students eat their paper?” I paused. “Because their teacher told them it was a piece of cake!”. I paused again and then laughed out loud. Really laughed. A happy, joyful laugh. And then I laughed again. When was the last time you had a good belly laugh? That you laughed so hard your stomach hurt?