If you have ever laughed so hard that you've wet your pants, you know what I am talking about.
In addition to our bodies physically relaxing, we may forget our troubles, even if only temporarily.
When we laugh, our blood pressure and pulse rates drop slightly, endorphins (chemicals that sup-press pain and help you to feel better) are released into our bodies, and T-cells (key fighters in our immune system) increase.
Laughter is a unique human phenomenon that happens in every culture. It helps us to go beyond our cultural differences by emphasizing what we have in common.
Chances are good that students will learn more from teachers who use laughter and humor, people who are able to laugh at themselves. Laughter breaks up the routine and can illustrate points. It also helps us to see life from a different perspective.
Think of laughter as a social lubricant. It connects, bonds, and builds rapport.
It's a way to love people by helping them to smile, laugh, experience a sense of connectedness, and feel better about themselves and about life.
. Laughter can motivate and energize people.
Laughter can help us to get through the tough times. As Bill Cosby says, "If you can find laughter in anything, you can survive it."
This has professional implications. Compliance increases when we have established rapport with someone. For example, salespeople sell more, patients tend to comply more with health regimens, and students work harder in class.
Adopted in part from Stephen Saffron on How to Teach a Humor and play Class.
Add life to your years, enjoy the time you are here, laugh. Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out of it alive anyway!